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Cameroon – Recruitment firms shut down by government

22 August 2013

Minister for Employment, Zechariah Perevet, released a statement yesterday confirming that sixteen companies are banned from using temporary staff and six recruitment agencies are prohibited from hiring out workers. In addition, four companies and private employment agencies have been cautioned for obstructing the Ministry of Employment.

The Ministry of Employment imposed the prohibitions following confirmation that those involved were circumventing or violating Cameroon’s Labour Code. The Minister for Employment, in his statement, confirmed that those involved has failed to provide workers with employment contracts and refused to disclose statistical information pertaining to temporary worker placement.      

According to investiraucameroun.com, temporary employees can be paid as little as a third of their contracted wage, with the recruitment agency or client company ‘getting rich off the backs of the workers they exploit’.   

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