5 Jul 2013

Opposition to close of Labor Ombudsman's office in CNMI

3:29 pm on 5 July 2013

A United States Congressman, George Miller, says foreign workers will likely suffer more abuses without a plan in place to ensure that labour and immigration complaints are handled properly.

Mr Miller made this comment in response to plans by the U.S. Department of the Interior to close the Labor Ombudsman's Office in the Northern Marianas later this year, after 14 years in operation.

Mr Miller, a former chair of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, which has oversight over insular areas such as the CNMI, wrote to the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell last month raising concerns about the planned closure.

He says he is not reassured by the claims that the Ombudsman's Office's operations would be successfully by the CNMI field representative and other local and federal agencies.