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Kuwait: GCC countries to protect foreign workers

Following two days of talks between ministers from 12 Asian labour-sending countries and the energy-rich GCC states, Gulf labour ministers agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve the widely criticised working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids.

Kuwait: GCC countries to protect foreign workers
Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of Planning affairs Hind al-Sabeeh (2nd R), Michael Niusen from the International Organization for Migration (L), Nada al-Nashef from the International Labour Organization (2nd L) and Mubashar Sheikh from United Nations Development Programme stand after signing agreement during the 'third ministerial meeting consultative of Asian countries sending and receiving labour', in Kuwait city on November 27,2014. Gulf labour ministers agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve the widely criticised working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids, an official said. The move comes as labour ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), home to 23 million foreigners, mostly unskilled workers, are to meet with their Asian counterparts in Kuwait City this week to discuss the conditions of foreign labour in the oil-rich region. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait: GCC countries to protect foreign workers
Filipino Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment Rosalkinda Baldoz speaks during the 'third ministerial meeting consultative of Asian countries sending and receiving labour', in Kuwait city on November 27,2014. Gulf labour ministers agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve the widely criticised working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids, an official said. The move comes as labour ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), home to 23 million foreigners, mostly unskilled workers, are to meet with their Asian counterparts in Kuwait City this week to discuss the conditions of foreign labour in the oil-rich region. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait: GCC countries to protect foreign workers
Filipino Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment Rosalkinda Baldoz (L) and Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of Planning affairs Hind al-Sabeeh attend the 'third ministerial meeting consultative of Asian countries sending and receiving labour', in Kuwait City, on November 27,2014. Gulf labour ministers agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve the widely criticised working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids, an official said. The move comes as labour ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), home to 23 million foreigners, mostly unskilled workers, are to meet with their Asian counterparts in Kuwait City this week to discuss the conditions of foreign labour in the oil-rich region. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait: GCC countries to protect foreign workers
Omani Minister of Labor Abdullah bin Nasser al-Bakre (L), Saudi Minister of Labor Adel Bin Mohammad Faqeeh (C) and Bahraini Minister of labor Jameel Mohammad Humaidan attend a honoring ceremony just before the start of the labour ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting in Kuwait city on November 25,2014. Gulf labour ministers agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve the widely criticised working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids, an official said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait: GCC countries to protect foreign workers
Saudi Minister of Labor Adel bin Mohammad Faqeeh attends a honoring ceremony just before the start of the labour ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting in Kuwait city on November 25,2014. Gulf labour ministers agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve the widely criticised working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids, an official said. (AFP/Getty Images)