Tougher hurdles for non-resident workers: DSAL

Macau’s Labor Affairs Bureau (DSAL) director Wong Chi Hong claims the bureau is being more cautious when handling applications from non-resident workers due to the economic downturn.

“As Macau’s economy is going through an adjustment phase, the Bureau is more cautious when dealing with the applications for [importing] non-resident workers, to balance the demand and supply of the city’s human resources,” wrote the DSAL head.

Wong made the comments following an enquiry from unionist legislator Kwan Tsui Hang, who slammed the government, saying it lacked direction in its policies on non-resident workers.

“The government does not have a direction for evaluation and approval [of non-resident worker applications], which is affecting the benefits, remuneration and promotion opportunities of local workers,” said the legislator. “In addition, with policies favouring gaming corporation and other big-scale enterprise – they have more quotas of non-resident workers – the manpower difficulty that local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are facing is hard to be resolved.”

However, the DSAL director claimed in his reply that the Bureau deals with human resources issues based on the local labor market as well as economic development. He also added that the authority would not approve the applications of gaming corporations for getting or renewing work permits for their foreign staff at management levels if there are local residents qualified for the same positions.