June 21, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has decided to remove 2,541 applicants qualified for jobs in South Korea from the list as they have not received employment yet.
The Foreign Employment Bureau's move has come under severe protest from the foreign employment applicants. The job seekers had vowed to launch a fast unto death outside the SLFEB office if their names were removed from the wish list, Sunday Divaina Sinhala newspaper reported.
The applicants passed the Korean Language Proficiency Examination in 2011 but they could not be granted job opportunities in South Korea. The applicants say that it is unfair that those who passed the proficiency test in 2012 and 2013 were granted jobs whist they remained unemployed in Korea as expected.
Meanwhile, the Bureau in a statement said the selection for employment in South Korea is a transparent global recruitment system where no outside party can influence the recruitment or the selection procedure, including the Sending party (Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment) and the Receiving party (HRD Korea).
Only Korean employers can select job seekers from the Job seekers' roster after they are recommended randomly by the Ministry of Employment and Labor in Korea.
The Korean Language Proficiency Examination only guarantees the qualification for job application for employment, and does not guarantee the employment in Korea, the statement further stressed.
The Bureau also warned the job applicants to be aware that only the Bureau is authorized to send workers to Korea and not to be victimized by any other parties that promise jobs for a fee.
The SLBFE requested the candidates to inform the SLBFE or EPS Center of HRD Korea in Sri Lanka if anybody requests money other than official sending fee payable to SLBFE.