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Bahrain to step up rights for maids, drivers

Draft contract outlining workers rights and duties will be released next month

Bahrain to step up rights for maids, drivers
The new document will detail the basic rights as well as the duties for all domestic workers.

Bahrain is stepping up its rights for workers such maids and drivers, with labour officials soon to release a contract outlining recruitment conditions for domestic employees, Gulf Daily News has reported.

Those working in Bahrain households are currently not protected by the Gulf state’s labour law, making them vulnerable to low wages, abuse and discrimination by their employers, the daily newspaper said.

The new document will detail the basic rights as well as the duties for all domestic workers, including cleaners, nannies, drivers, butlers, gardeners, maids and cooks.

A draft of the contract will be released next month by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority Employers, and will eventually require all recruitment agencies and employers to abide by the new rules.

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