New Qatar law to ben­e­fit OFWs

Sun.Star Cebu - - BUSINESS -

Over 50,000 Filipino house­hold ser­vice work­ers are ex­pected to ben­e­fit from Qatar’s newly en­acted em­ploy­ment law, the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) said Wed­nes­day.

“This will cer­tainly lead to the recog­ni­tion, pro­mo­tion, and pro­tec­tion of the rights of Filipino and other mi­grant house­hold ser­vice work­ers in Qatar,” said For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano as he thanked Qatar for pass­ing this “pro­gres­sive leg­is­la­tion”.

Ex­panded

For­eign Af­fairs Un­der­sec­re­tary for Mi­grant Work­ers Af­fairs Sarah Lou Ar­riola said the cov­er­age of Qatar’s new “Do­mes­tic Em­ploy­ment Law” has been ex­panded to also cover house­hold ser­vice work­ers and pro­vides them with some de­gree of le­gal pro­tec­tions.

Un­der the new law, house­hold ser­vice work­ers are now to work for only 10 hours per day, six days a week and are en­ti­tled to an­nual va­ca­tions, paid sick leaves and guar­an­teed breaks for meals and wor­ship, she said.

“This is cer­tainly a cause for cel­e­bra­tion as this new law would ben­e­fit more than 50,000 Filipino house­hold ser­vice work­ers who did not en­joy these ben­e­fits be­fore,” Ar­riola added.

There are ap­prox­i­mately 246,000 overseas Filipino work­ers in Qatar, mak­ing the Philippines the third coun­try of ori­gin for mi­grant work­ers in the Mid­dle Eastern coun­try, the DFA said. /

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