BY ABS-CBN NEWS ON August 26, 2011 CATEGORIZED UNDER FILIPINO NURSES, NORWAY
Filipino-owned recruitment agency, Aktive Services, Omsorg og Rekruttering or ASOR recently faced an Oslo City council inquiry to respond to charges of paying Filipino nurses lower salaries than their Norwegian counterparts.
Pinoy nurses stage a protest rally in front of Litteraturhuset in Oslo in support of Active Service, Omsorg og Rekruttering (ASOR), a Pinoy recruitment agency accused of corrupt practices. Photo credit: ABS-CBN News
Oslo City health officials and ASOR owners were summoned by the health and service committee last August 17 to answer allegations of social dumping. The Oslo City Audit Office in 2010 investigated ASOR’s business practices, including social dumping or employing Filipino nurses who are paid lower than their Norwegian counterparts.
Also facing the inquiry were Oslo City council member Sylvi Listhaug, who also chairs the city council committee on health and elderly care, and top health officials including city health director Bjørg Månum Andersson and city health chief Åse Snåre.
The officials endured tough questions from the members of the committee led by Erling Folkvord on what actions they have taken since the audit report came out to ensure social dumping is not being practiced by ASOR in providing health services in the city.
The hearing also discussed the findings of the investigation undertaken by the Price WaterhouseCoopers in 2009 to look into the operations of ASOR, including the hiring of Filipino nurses to work for free under the “hospitering” or unpaid training for nurses and charging the city for services that were rendered for free.
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