Legislative Council - Panel on Manpower meeting held on 27 February 2014
Our Chairman claimed to strive for integrity, fairness and professionalism.
It seems everyone has received the letter titled "Observing Professional Standards and Legal Provisions". The Labour Department demands that we abide by professional standards, and yet during the process of our application for a license, there is never any requirement for professional qualifications nor examinations, not even for basic labour laws. It begs the question, where do these Professional Standards come from!?
In actuality, when foreign domestic helpers arrive at the airport, they have already been taught to contact the Labour Department, the Immigration Department, the police and NGOs. The helpers have been misled to believe that the agency merely operates to refer employers and that they don't need to contact the agency when they encounter problems.
We fail to comprehend this as the Labour Department has stressed that an "employment agency" is a referral agent for jobs, according to the Cap 57 Employment Ordinance and the complementary Cap 57A Employment Agency Regulations, these are the only provisions:
While there's no mention of employment agency for foreign domestic helpers as an intermediary, we are suddenly asked to abide by professional standards and fulfil the responsibilities as an intermediary.
While the Labour Department has only encouraged the foreign domestic helpers to contact the Labour Department, the Immigration Department, the police and NGOs when they encounter problems, we're delighted to have the Labour Department to include the employment agency as a resource for the foreign domestic helpers and provide assistance as it is needed.