A foreign student at AUT university was targeted by a broker offering her a job that met the requirements for permanent residency.
According to electronic communications in our possession, these jobs are processed through New Zealand Career Institute owned by Kelvin Zhang (aka Zhen Zhang). We note the company has no website and the company address is the home address for Mr Zhang.
The student Lucy (we don’t use the real names of victims) was offered jobs with three companies. None exist in the Companies Office website.
LUCY GETS A JOB
Lucy was to pay $12,000 to the NZ Career Institute for “educational purposes” when she started a suitable job. This was done through Mr Zeya Ju, CEO of E/N Education Limited based in Remuera.
Lucy was offered a manager’s role in the Extreme PC store in Auckland’s St Lukes Mall. The store is owned by Mr Zhang. He gave Lucy a one page contract in Mandarin stating her hours or conditions of work. The contract stated a 90 day trial, but Lucy was promised there would be another 3 months’ work at minimum. Lucy was also assured the new job met the immigration requirements, and the criteria for the job meant she was eligible to have a pathway to residency.
Lucy was told the $12,000 fee was for a learning course through the NZ Careers Institute, as she was told it is illegal for a worker to pay for a job premium. No course or training was offered at any time during Lucy’s employment.
Lucy first day at work was 12 November 2020. On that day she was required to transfer $12,000 to another intermediatory named Phoebe, who we understand works for Mr Ju.
But when Lucy started in her new job, there was no management role. Instead she was a junior assistant employed for only 20 hours a week. Lucy complained to the broker that Mr Zhang was “really fierce” and severely critical to other workers. She says was not trained, nor paid for her hours. The broker replied that the boss “is like that” and she should “endure”.
BOSS GOES AWOL
Despite many messages about her role and wages to her employer over her employment period, Lucy received no response to her questions. Due to this stress, and with the approval of her employer, Lucy returned to China for a break to get emotional support from her family.
When Lucy tried to return to New Zealand, she required a letter from her employer. Lucy contacted Mr Zhang for this letter. During this discussion Lucy asked about the non-payment of her wages. He became agitated. It was clear then to Lucy there would be no job for her to return to. Lucy then asked for her $12,000 back and the wages she was owed.
Mr Zhang offered to pay her wages, but would not return her $12,000. She has not heard from Mr Zhang since, nor received the unpaid wages he promised.
The broker has since apologised and paid Lucy $3,000, saying it was her cut. But that the rest of the money had gone to Mr Zhang and Mr Ju.
THE CALL FOR JUSTICE
Lucy is trapped in China. In spite of that, we need to get her justice. We have made several attempts to contact both Mr Zhang and Mr Ju. Both men have gone to ground.
This morning, a formal case was filed against both men and their companies.
We believe this case is part of a wider exploitation operation co-ordinated by these two men. The use freelance brokers to target vulnerable young people. They offer them jobs through various companies. Some don’t exist.
To get justice for Lucy we need your help to hold these exploiter accountable. Here’s four links you can click immediately.
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If anyone knows anything about either of these two men email me email@example.com
KELVIN ZHANG (aka Zhen Zhang)
Extreme PC, St Lukes Mall;
New Zealand Careers Institute Limited.
Address: 17a Watene Rd, Mt Wellington, Auckland
Phone: 021 135 6508
ZEYU JU (aka Ju Zeyu and Fangying Ju)
E/N Education Limited
HeyTour Group Holdings Limited, Level 4, 203 Queen St, Auckland CBD
Address: 64 Orakei Rd, Remuera, Auckland
Matt McCarten is the National Director of the UTU for Workers Union.