Queries Over Job Agency
A private local recruiting agency promising overseas jobs has come under scrutiny.
But the company, operating as Speenaikcedar Corporation Ltd, at Naselai Village near Nausori International Airport, refused to comment yesterday.
On Monday, a woman managing the office, said they would not release any information about the company and the recruitment process until everything was finalised.
She said that the names of the successful applicants would be published in the newspapers when they were ready.
Some of those who registered with the company declined to speak to the Fiji Sun and would not show their receipts.
But a man who went to the Naselai Village office and registered yesterday showed his receipt of $36. He had to produce the following: A valid passport, curriculum vitae, birth certificate, tin letter/joint card, passport size photo (1), next of kin photo (1), bank account details and $38 admission fee.
The man said: “I paid $38. They told me they would refund $36 later. The remaining $2 will be used for the applicant’s identification card and the next of kin’s identification card,” he said.
He said he was told the visa application and work permit would cost around $5000, which would be paid by the company.
“The company said they will give $2000 (USD) to the successful applicants to prepare themselves before they leave for overseas. This money will be used on materials required by the company for their individual jobs overseas.
“They also told me a sum of $6000 will be given to the applicants to pay off their debts in Fiji to prevent them from getting detained by immigration authorities. The amount used to pay off the debts will be deducted from their salary by the company once they are employed overseas.
“The applicants had been advised to report to the company by January where they will sign their job contracts with their next of kin present.
“The company stated that people will be employed in five hotels in Spain, two hotels in Hawaii and fill up 12 church minister positions in different congregations in Spain, Dubai and USA.
“All expenses will be paid by the company including accommodation, food and transportation.”
It is understood that the company is not registered and it was visited by some officials last month.
The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate, said people who wished to work overseas should go through a registered employment agency under their ministry.
He also stressed any company trying to recruit people to go work off shore should be a registered employment agency.
Mr Usamate said that any company not registered under their ministry but conducting overseas job recruitments was doing it illegally
Police Chief Operations officer, ACP Rusiate Tudravu, has advised the public to be aware of such companies recruiting people to work overseas.
“People should demand from them proper certification from the Labour ministry and their genuine keys of doing business.”
Edited by Jonathan Bryce