‘Increased efforts’ to combat illegal workers

Monday, April 19, 2010
Issue 990, Page 5
Word count: 238
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Director of the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) Shuen Ka Hung pledged that the bureau will step up cooperation with the Public Security Police to combat illegal workers in Macau.

In response to a 43-year-old man who was found seriously injured with bamboo sticks having gone through his right chest nearly a construction site at Taipa Grande Hill on Saturday, Shuen Ka Hung said the identity of the man was not yet made clear, but if it is proved that the labour area is involved, the DSAL will follow up the case.

The hospital also found the man with multiple skin abrasions on his limbs and minor rib fracture. A surgery was carried out immediately and the man was in stable conditions and able to sit and eat yesterday.

In addition, Shuen Ka Hung said since the DSAL does not have the criminal police’s power or the power to arrest anybody, they will reinforce collaboration with the Public Security Police in illegal worker raids.

“If the man is an illegal worker, once we find the employer we will send him to the Public Prosecutions Office straight away,” he added.

Also, the bureau plans to count the number of local workers in construction sites in order to check if companies have really hired the same number of local people as having claimed to the Human Resources Office.

The raids will be conducted randomly and also in other industries, Shuen said.

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