The Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development has suspended Middle East Consultants and four other labour exporting companies over extortion of money from people seeking to work abroad.
The suspended companies include; Middle east consultants, Elite placement consulting, Eagle supervision, Elite winner agency, Spotlight international and High ground international Ltd.
“These companies have been suspended and have been directed to desist from labour externalization as from February 18, 2020. Any one dealing with them is doing it at his or her own risk,” reads the statement from acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development James Ebitu.
According to section 29(1) of employment regulation 2005, limits the chargeable administration fees to Shs50,000 only. Regulation 29 (2) provides that any other placement fees must be approved by the ministry of Gender labour and social development.
Regulation 29 (3) provides that placement fees shall be collected from Ugandan migrant worker after he or she has signed employment contract.
The directives followed major complains filed by individuals, claiming that labour exporting companies extort a lot of money from them as they seek for greener pastures abroad.
He said they wrote to all labour exporting companies to in two weeks refund all the money obtained from people who have not signed employment contracts. Ebitu, said by midnight of 17 February, five companies did not comply with the said directives.