By Daniel Shane
Move follows a similar agreement between the Philippines gov’t and Saudi Arabia
Recruitment agencies in Dubai have agreed on a US$400 per month minimum wage for domestic workers from the Philippines, it was reported, after a similar deal was struck in Saudi Arabia.
The announcement follows a joint agreement between placement agencies in the Philippines and the Gulf emirate, GMA News said, citing Filipino Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
"I am happy to note that the new SEC (Standard Employment Contract) for HSWs (household service workers) to be deployed to Saudi Arabia has motivated other Middle East countries to follow suit and also formulate their own modes of giving our HSWs the kind of protection they truly deserve," Baldoz was quoted as saying by the website.
In addition to a minimum salary, the agreement also aims to eradicate the practice of agencies charging Philippines nationals excessive fees when finding them employment in Dubai.
Approximately 400,000 Filipinos currently work in Dubai across positions including household helpers, labourers, technicians and retail salespeople. A further 1.2m or so Philippines nationals work in Saudi Arabia.
It is estimated that around 10m Philippines citizens work outside of their home country and the remittances they send back to that country are a significant contributor to its economy.
The decision to implement a minimum wage in the two Gulf states comes on the back of a diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and the Philippines, which saw the conservative Sunni kingdom temporarily cease issuing work visas for Filipinos after that country’s government attempted to impose stricter conditions on Saudi employers.
Agreeing is one thing, and Implementation by Employers another. There are of course Rouge Agencies and Scruplous Rogue Employers. A Government Agency should be appointed to watch and monitor this. Access to them should be available by any of the employees in the event of a complain etc.
Agree, its all about enforcement. Regulation are are not worth there salt without enforcement.
I agree that agreeing is one thing and implementation is another, but at least we should congratulate the Philippines Government for agreeing.
Both Philippines and India are poor countries whose teeming population is looking for greener pastures like Middle East. However the Philippines Government has shown courage and initiative to protect its citizens from being exploited. However, Indian Government is spineless and lacks utter courage in protecting its citizens from being exploited. Indians outnumber Filipinos in this region at least for now and they starteed thronging this part of the world much before Filipinos started arriving here for work. But just see the callousness of the Indian Government in being insensitive to the sufferings and exploitations of Indians in this part of the world.
I only hope and pray that Indian Government also does something like this which will go a long way in ensuring that the gullible unskilled and semi-skilled workforce are not exploited.
"Approximately 400,000 Filipinos currently work in Dubai across positions including household helpers, labourers, technicians and retail salespeople."
author Daniel Shane, please check your data *and* info, and don't be in a hurry to submit your news article. a call to the Philippine consulate would get you the data and info you're looking for very quickly.
besides that, Filipinos are also in high ranking positions like doctors, nurses, architects, engineers, supervisors, managers, and even business owners. there are no Filipino laborers, AFAIK.