By: Yu Hsiao-han and Kay Liu
Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Suppliers should use the Ministry of Labor’s direct hiring service to meet
the increasing demand from their buyers for fair treatment of foreign workers, the ministry’s Workforce Development Agency said Wednesday.
The ministry’s Direct Hiring Service Center, set up at the end of 2007, recently helped recruit four Thai workers for Taichung-based bicycle maker Ming Cycle Industrial Co., a supplier of furniture chain IKEA, the agency noted.
IKEA, along with Apple Inc. and outdoor clothing brand Patagonia are among the increasing number of international companies that require their suppliers to help remove the burden of recruitment or brokerage fees that foreign workers are obliged to pay, the agency said.
Last November, Ming Cycle directly rehired its Vietnamese workers, who had previously been employed through brokers. [FULL STORY]