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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dubai Grants US$400 Minimum Wage For Filipino Domestic Helpers

Good news to Filipino household service workers who want to work in Dubai.
Following the Saudis’ lead, Dubai employers will also implement the payment of US$400 in minimum monthly salary and have committed to address the perennial repatriation problem, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said a group of Philippine licensed recruitment agencies (LRAs) have signed with their counterpart foreign placement agencies (FPAs), representing foreign employers in the Emirate of Dubai, a joint statement of commitment to pave the way for the full implementation of the many provisions of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Household Reform Package for HSWs, including the payment of the minimum monthly salary of US$400 and non-charging of excessive fees.

Citing a report of lawyer Delmer Cruz, labor attaché-designate to Dubai, Baldoz said the joint statement of commitment reinforced the positive developments in the Middle East region in connection with the continued deployment of Filipino HSWs following the agreement between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a new Standard Employment Contract for HSWs.

“I am happy to note that the new SEC for HSWs to be deployed to Saudi Arabia has motivated other Middle East countries to follow suit and also formulate their own modes of giving our HSWs the kind of protection they truly deserve,” said Baldoz.

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