Job Termination in Hong Kong
Thirteen women, who were sent back home from Hong Kong (HK) prior to completion of their job contracts, yesterday demanded that the expatriates' welfare ministry exempt them from paying the loans they took from Probashi Kallyan Bank to go to the Chinese city.
They placed their demands meeting Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain at his ministry yesterday.
“We had to return home well before the completion of the contracts. But the minister refused to listen to us and was rude to us,” Shahina Yasmin, one of the returnees, told The Daily Star.
Echoing Yasmin, another returnee, Beauty Akhter said the minister said he had nothing to do in this regard.
He even blamed us saying that we had to return due to our own faults, she added.
The women returned home from HK between last
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They went there between June and August last year under a deal through Sadia International, a Bangladeshi recruiting agency, for two years by taking a loan of Tk 1.4 lakh each from Probashi Kallyan Bank.
They were supposed to pay back the loan gradually from their monthly salaries of Tk 41,500 each as domestic helps.
But without showing any reason, the employers started sacking the workers in September before the expiry of their two-year contract.
The victims said the recruiting agencies of the two countries and the expatriates' welfare ministry had promised that the jobs would continue for at least two years.
The HK employers compelled them to work for 15 to 16 hours a day without any weekly leave, violating the conditions in the contracts, they also alleged.
Contacted, the minister denied being rude to the returnees.
He said he had offered them an opportunity to pay the loans without interest.
“I cannot exempt them from repaying their loans, as they were sacked by their employers due to their personal faults,” the minister added.