Ban on worker deployment to Poland pushed

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    THE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Geneva is pushing for a ban on the deployment of workers to Poland because of the increasing number of irregularities in the recruitment process, prompting the Filipinos to leave their jobs.

    Among the irregularities is “contract substitution,” according to POLO-Geneva labor attaché Cheryl Daytec.

    Government records show there are nearly 300 OFWs in Poland.

    In a report dated November 21, Daytec recommended the suspension of the processing of papers of OFWs bound for Poland until the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency has developed a “working regulatory framework to prevent exploitative practices” recruiters and their principals.”

    Daytec said there have been 135 runaways as of October 9.

    Based on interviews with runaway OFWs, they experienced contract substitution, bad working conditions, and unjust termination. Some also had expired visas.

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