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Manpower agencies to be punished for runaway foreign workers

2012/07/24 22:31:38

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) Proposed new regulations that will allow punishment for manpower agencies that supply foreign workers who later abscond will force 1 percent of the brokers out of the industry, the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training said Tuesday.

According to the bureau, which is under the Council of Labor Affairs, the authorities under the proposed regulations will not renew the licenses of manpower agencies that have a certain number of foreign workers who run away during the first three months of their arrival in Taiwan.

Currently, licenses for labor brokers allowing them to bring foreign workers into Taiwan are renewed every two years, the bureau said.

The proposed regulations, the bureau said, are aimed at holding the agencies responsible for helping their foreign workers adapt to life in Taiwan.

Responding to comments suggesting that foreign workers' lack of freedom to end their employment contracts or change employers is one of the reasons some of them run away, the bureau said there is already a solution.

It pointed out that foreign workers can use the bureau's online system to apply for a change of employer, which it said has a 90 percent success rate in matching workers with new employers.

(By Zoe Wei and Kay Liu)