Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Saudi panel refuses to fix minimum wage for foreign maids

by Habib Shaikh from The Khaleej Times

Saad Al-Baddah, chairman of the National Recruitment Committee, said it would not take any decision on minimum salaries until the problems of maids running away after signing their contracts to work illegally (often for higher salaries) and of maids being sent back as they lack adequate skills to fulfill their duties, are resolved ... Earlier this year, the Philippines declared that maids would not be granted permission to work as overseas Filipino workers unless they were granted a minimum wage of $400 a month. In return the Filipino government pledged to increase training and skills of what it terms household service workers (HSWs) prior to their departure. Baddah rejected the Philippine move and said recruiters should simply look elsewhere.

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