More than 100 hopeful migrant workers yesterday filed a complaint to the Labour Ministry over the sluggish processing times at one of its approved recruitment agencies.
According to the complaint, 116 workers from Phnom Penh and other provinces contacted the SKMN Investment Company three months ago to have it prepare legal work documents for them and place them in jobs in Thailand.
But the company has yet to follow through on its obligations, the workers claim.
Dy Thehoya, a programme officer at labour rights group Central, said the workers were following the law by not crossing into Thailand illegally like thousands of their counterparts and should not have to wait three months for paperwork processing.
“Sometimes the company takes a long time to run their documents. The workers spend so much money and some companies cheat them,” he said. “These are the difficulties faced by workers, even though they chose legal company.”
Nhek Sothea, director of the SKMM, could not be reached for comment.
But Ms Sothea told local media that the long processing time was due to the workers not properly filling out forms or providing all necessary identification.
“I have the right to temporarily block their documents because some of them did not yet complete all the forms that the company needs,” she said.
Heng Sour, spokesman at the Ministry of Labour, could not be reached for comment.