Union records more concerns on employment agencies

POSTED: 06/27/13 3:21 PM

St. Maarten – The Windward Islands Federation of Labor (Wifol) is continuing to register concerns from workers who say they are being treated unjustly by the employment agencies that they fall under. On Tuesday, union President Theophilus Thompson reiterated his call for more attention to be paid to the way employment agencies are affecting the society.  He said his union continues to receive complaints about these types of businesses, much of which has to do with breach of labor agreements. He explained one case in particular, while refusing to divulge the name of the company.

“Those employment agencies receive the salary for their employees but do not pay them on time. There is one particular company where payment was due since May 15 and those employees have not received their payment as yet,” Thompson said during the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions weekly press briefing.

He indicated that workers should be made aware that if they are not paid according to their working agreement, they can report this breach of labor agreement to the Labor Department immediately. The Labor Department also has the authority to instruct employers to compensate employees for the late payment of salaries.

“Workers should be aware that they have rights and there is also a penalty for not paying according to working agreement and that goes as late charges,” Thompson added.

Wifol says that it is open to receiving complaints and concerns from all workers under employment agencies, whether they are unionized or not.


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