Saudi looks to Nepal and Vietnam for domestic workers

Kingdom looking outside traditional labour export countries of Indonesia, Philippines. 
Saudi looks to Nepal and Vietnam for domestic workers
By Joanna Hartley
Sun 01 Mar 2009 08:05 AM

Saudi Arabia is looking to recruit domestic help from Nepal, Vietnam, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco to tackle a shortage of workers bought about by disputes with traditional labour export countries, it was reported on Sunday.

A specially assigned team from the National Committee for Recruitment at the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry had been set up to tour this latest raft of labour exporter countries, according to Saad Al Batah, deputy chairman of the committee. The plan to look further a field has come on the back of successful arrangements with countries such as Ethiopia, he said in an interview with Saudi daily the Saudi Gazette.

On-going disagreements over unified contracts between the Kingdom and Indonesia and the Philippines have led to the move, Al Batah added.

An agreement signed recently between the national committee and the Indonesian Labor Union was about the business mechanisms of both country’s recruitment offices and “has nothing to do with workers and employees”, he explained.

A unified contract with Indonesia had yet to be finalized after wrangling over some that govern the working conditions of Indonesian house workers in the Kingdom that contravene the Indonesian Constitution, Al Batah added.

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