A new law aimed at protecting the rights of workers and protecting them from abuse and human trafficking is a “vast improvement”, according to Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Constancio Vingno Jr.
The new law – which was issued in September by His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – mandates that employment agencies ensure that domestic workers are made aware of terms and conditions of their jobs before they begin, such as the nature of their work, salary and daily and weekly rest periods.
The law covers 19 occupations, including maids, security guards, household labourers and chauffeurs.
Speaking to Arabian Business on Tuesday, Vingno said that the law will significantly improve the conditions of workers coming from overseas.
“This is a vast improvement,” he said. “It not only benefits Filipinos, but workers of all nationalities. The essence of it (the law) is that it protects workers and their families and makes sure their rights are better promoted and protected.”
Vingno added that among the benefits of the law, which will be implemented by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiritisation (MOHRE), is that it provides a clear mechanism through which to address any grievances.
“Should there be a contract violation, or if anything goes awry, then there is a venue to go file a complaint,” he said.
The law will take effect 60 days after its publication in the UAE Official Gazette, at which point recruitment agencies will be given six months to change their procedures in accordance to its provisions.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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