Source: Khmer Times
The Labour Ministry announced on Monday that the public should be wary of all advertisements about recruiting and sending workers to work in Australia by any recruitment agency or individual because the government is still negotiating with the Australian government to accept Cambodia workers.
According to ministry’s statement, the Australian government recently announced the creation of the Australian Agriculture Visa in response to labour shortages in the country’s agricultural sector.
The Australian government is currently in bilateral talks on issuing Australian agricultural visas to partner countries, including Cambodia.
The ministry said that since 2017, it has been in contact with the Australian government at both the state and federal levels and this migrant work was also discussed with the Australian Embassy and the Australian Agricultural and Small Business Association.
During the negotiation process, the ministry has worked closely with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Cambodian Embassy to Australia.
“Therefore, at a time when the Australian government has not yet decided whether to grant this visa to Cambodians, the public should be extremely careful about all advertisements for the recruitment and sending of Cambodian workers to work in Australia by any recruitment agency or unit,” it said.
The ministry added that according to that Sub-Decree No 190 dated August 17, 2011, on the management of sending Cambodian workers abroad through private recruitment agencies, “workers refer to Cambodian citizens of both sexes at all stages of labour migration from the time of signing the employment service contract with the recruitment agency until the time of repatriation”.
It said that in the sub-decree, it also includes Cambodians who attend internships and have a valid contract recognised by Labour Ministry.
“The Labour Ministry will continue to work with the Foreign Affairs Ministry in negotiations with the Australian government to accept migrant workers from Cambodia under an Australian Agricultural Visa. The ministry will provide more information on the detailed terms and procedures after discussions with the Australian government,” the ministry said.
Dy The Hoya, a programme officer at labour rights group Central, told Khmer Times yesterday if Australia accepts Cambodians to work in Australia in the agriculture sector, it will be good for Cambodian workers who wish to work in a rich country.
He said he hopes that the mechanism to send workers there must have a joint protection system with NGOs and those involved.
“Preparing a protection system is a labour condition for sending workers in order to avoid any cheating or human trafficking from any recruitment agency. If the Australian government accepts Cambodian workers, it will be good for Cambodian workers to get jobs there but they must be sent with labour conditions and a protection system to protect the workers,” he said.