The National - News - - NEWS | EMIRATES - Haneen Dajani

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.

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