The Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) will set up a Non-resident Workers Employment Department on May 28 to take over the functions of the Human Resources Office (GRH), which will be axed the same day.
The Executive Council (ExCo) has finished discussing the draft of a by-law regarding the bureau’s new organisational structure, the advisory body’s spokesman Leong Heng Teng told reporters during a press conference at Government Headquarters on Wednesday.
The bureau currently has 421 staff members while the office has 92, Leong said, adding that all of the GRH employees will join the bureau. He also said the office’s 56-billion-pataca budget for this year will be transferred to the bureau, which has a budget of about 354 million patacas.
Asked by reporters about the future positions of HRO chief Lou Soi Peng and her deputy Chan Un Tong, Leong said that he had “nothing to add” concerning personnel affairs.
Meanwhile, also speaking during the press conference, DSAL Director Wong Chi Hong said his bureau would be able to better monitor Macau’s employment situation after the merger.
Asked by a reporter whether the government’s processing of employers’ applications to employ non-resident workers will be faster after the merger, Wong said the bureau would improve its “working procedure” concerning such applications.