Philippine embassy in Oman to enforce minimum wage for maids

Minimum salary of $415 will apply from March 1; current minimum wages for Bangladeshi and Indian housemaids is $195
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By Neil Halligan
Mon 16 Feb 2015 01:30 PM

The Philippine embassy in Oman is set to enforce the minimum wage for Filipino workers from March 1, it was reported on Monday.

The Philippine embassy in Oman has issued a notice setting as mandatory a minimum salary of $415 (OMR160).

The Times of Oman reports that a memorandum dated February 15, addressed to recruiting agencies and employers, says the embassy's labour attaché department will be strictly implementing Philippine Oversea Employment Administration (POEA) rules from March 1 and regulations on the minimum salary for household service workers in Oman.

“The minimum salary of OMR160 is not a new thing. It was there from long back. But as we were getting complaints about violation, we have issued this notice again to make it strict," Nasser Mustafa, labour attaché in the Philippine embassy in Oman, told the Times of Oman.

The latest government figures show that there were 31,287 Philippine workers working in Oman in December last year.

The current minimum wages for Bangladeshi and Indian housemaids is $195 (OMR75).

Last November, Gulf labour ministers agreed on minimum terms to improve the contracts of more than two million domestic staff working in the region. The new contract will entitle domestic workers to a weekly day off, annual leave, limit the working day to eight hours and the right to live outside their employer's house.

Indonesia’s new president this week called for a ban on Indonesian women travelling abroad to work as housemaids.

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