By Conrad Egbert
Indonesia asks for attested contracts
All Employment contracts of Indonesian construction workers recruited to work in the UAE, will now have to be approved by Indonesian authorities in the UAE as well as in Indonesia.
“The new regulation came into effect from the 1st of this month and is meant for the protection of Indonesian workers,” vice consul general of Indonesia, Yusron Ambary, told Construction Week.
“From now on, when anyone is recruited from Indonesia, the contract will have to come to us first and then be sent to Indonesia to be attested by the foreign minister before it will be considered valid.”
“Earlier, we had no idea as to where all our people were scattered across the emirates. Now, with the new rule, we will know where our people are located and we can intervene whenever a problem arises between an Indonesian worker and the sponsor”, added Ambary.
The Indonesian ambassador to the UAE, Faisal Bafadal, said the move would now enable the embassy to draw up and maintain comprehensive data on Indonesian workers in the UAE as well.
He said: “The embassy will check the credibility and reputation of the employer before endorsing the contracts. Apart from checking illegal recruitment, the system will also help the embassy look into matters of minimum wages and other aspects of the job contract.”
The ambassador also said that all employment contracts of domestic workers would now have to be endorsed by an embassy seal.