HOURS AND CONDITIONS
The agreement between the Philippines and the UAE on domestic workers includes conditions of employment and working hours.
It assigns responsibility to the Government for employment contracts and upholding rights of the workers under the labour code, and the law on domestic workers, which is expected to be introduced soon.
“With this agreement, overseas Filipino workers in the UAE will have stronger protection,” said Silvestre Bello, secretary of the Philippine department of labour.
The conditions include the workers’ rights to a day of rest a week, decent accommodation, payment on time with no withholding of wages, medical treatment and respect for their dignity.
The terms also ensure their physical safety, their right to keep their personal documents, including passports, non-payment of recruitment costs and fees, and a paid ticket home at the end of their employment.
The Philippine government will also make sure the physical and mental fitness of workers are protected and that recruitment laws, procedures and regulations are observed. The employment offer and employment contract will be recorded by both governments.
“This ensures effective implementation of the contract,” Mr Bello said.