Ministry Investigates Kuwait Complaint
The Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations has launched an investigation into the case of the Fijian woman who was stranded in Kuwait without her passport and relevant documents.
Fane Trail was recruited by a Kuwait security company and was terminated and left stranded there after the company found out she was pregnant.
“The investigation is conducted with the assistant of the inter-agency enforcement team which comprises the Fiji Police, Fiji Commerce Commission and the ministry’s compliance section,” Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jioji Konrote said.
Mr Konrote urged all Fijians to be very careful of bogus agents promising overseas employment with high returns.
“It is sad to note that our Fijian locals had paid money to these illegal agents and have not received any feedbacks as promised,” Mr Konrote said.
The ministry is currently investigating four cases of bogus foreign employment agencies that are not registered with the ministry.
“Under Section 4  of the Employment Relations (Employment Agencies) Regulations 2008, any person or company that is operating an employment agency must have a Certificate of Authorisation issued by the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations,” Mr Konrote said.
“The four cases under investigation was where the agencies concerned did not attain an authorisation certificate to operate an employment agency from the ministry.
Mr Konrote said any person or agency found breaching the regulations was liable to a fine of up to $10,000 or to a prison term not exceeding one year or both.
“Members of the public must report to the nearest Police Station or Ministry of Employment Office if approached by any person claiming to be an employment agent,” Mr Konrote said.