Unappreciated Filipino Workers Were Almost Banned from the Gulf States!

The Gulf states -- Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman – may no longer accept Filipino workers unless the Philippine government take steps to clarify its policy imposing $13 daily penalty on foreign employers who would not pay their workers on time and at a minimum of $400 a month.

The Committee for Importing Foreign Workers of the Gulf Cooperation Council(GCC) unanimously agreed in a meeting on Thursday to stop importing Filipinos until Philippine labor laws are clarified, Dylan Bowman of Kuwait New Agency reported.

GCC, also known as the Cooperation Council of the Arab States in the Gulf, is a trade bloc involving six Arab Gulf states with many economic and social objectives, including the formulation of similar regulations in various fields such as economy, finance, trade, customs, tourism, legislation, and administration.

The report acknowledged that the Philippine government raised the minimum salary of its workers overseas was intended to improve the standard of living of its citizens.

“Participants agreed to submit this recommendation [to stop importing Filipinos] to the decision-makers in the GCC and expressed hope that this recommendation would be implemented as soon as possible," Abdel-Aziz Al-Ali, head of Kuwait's domestic labor offices, told the Kuwait News Agency.

“We understand the important international implications of this issue and we are dealing with it accordingly," Al-Ali said.

Based on POEA data, the six GCC member-states employ 435, 190 Filipinos as of December-2006, and this is broken down into: Saudi Arabia – 223, 459; UAE – 99, 212; Kuwait – 47, 917; Qatar – 45, 795; Bahrain – 11, 736; and Oman – 7, 071.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar are among the top 10 popular destinations of OFWs.

The new regulations issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) partially took effect on December 15, 2006, was fully implemented beginning March 1, 2007 pegged the minimum salary for Filipino domestic workers, including stay-in care givers, at $400, up from $200.

Foreign employers are also required to sign a declaration stipulating they would pay a fine of around $13 a day if they do not pay their Filipino workers on time, and at the prescribed rate spelled out in the labor contract.

The minimum salary regulations are not binding on any of the GCC’s six member states, but if employers do not agree to them then the Filipino government will not process their staff’s contracts, Kuwait News Agency said.

Asaad Derbas, head of the Kuwaiti delegation to the meeting of the GCC Committee, said the decision to stop importing Filipinos was taken because the Philippine government “used the issue as a political tool in its recent general election."

He said the issue had a negative impact on the countries importing Filipino workers.

Source: GMANews.TV

Comments

BEWARE OF FREE EVERYTHING WHEN APPLYING FOR WORK ABROAD

To the people working in POEA, Please investigate some or all of the legal agencies here in the Philippines, they are deceiving our people, they said free passporting, free accomodation, free processing at no cost, no deduction and no hidden fee but in the real run their contract of $400 a month for Domestic Helper will be reduced to $200 a month, 18hrs of hard work, no day off, no mail, no usage of internet, their passport will be taken from them, luckily if they are allowed to use their cellphone once they get to their work destination. Their modus operandi is that the contract the ofw signed here will not be given until the day of departure so that the ofw can't photocopy it and send to their loves ones for safekeeping, once they got to the work destination they are forced to sign another 2 contract without dates and stating the below average wages and restriction in the workplace, if they fail to sign the contracts they will leave the ofw in the airport, the ofw will have to sign the said contract because prior for departure his/her family must sign a waiver that they shall pay P70,000 to P100,000 for breach of contract if the ofw failed to work.

SOME ARABIC COUNTRIES DOES NOT FOLLOW THE SIGNED MOA OR ANY LAW OF THE PHILIPPINES.

To the people in POEA & DOLE please update your website so we can see the foreign employer and foreign agency counterpart because IT IS NOT UPDATED and investigate legal agencies turning bad.

Beware of Abusive Omani Employers

I am here in Oman working for an IT company. I noticed that some employers
here did not followthe Labour Law when it comes to paying Employees salaries
on-time and proper working hours.

I moved here in Oman together with seven of my friends. I am only concerned
for my friends because they are the ones suffering to this cruel Omani Animal (Employer).
In my case my employer follows the Labour Law standard and pay salary on-time.

We are recruited by CSM International Recruitment Services Inc. based in Quezon
City Philippines. I found out that my friends employer are blacklisted on the Philippine
Embassy to hire Filipinos because of the previous complaint on sexual harrasment and
not paying salaries.

How do this fucking Omani still manages to hire Filipino employees? The answer is
that it is very easy to change company name here in Oman and also he used his friends
or relative with other business went to the Philippines files under that company name
and when the newly hired Filipino workers arrived here in Oman they are processed to that
Stupid Omani.

Now the Question is.. why do they agree? If you stand on my friends position. You went
abroad to work.. and hoping that you are hired by this legal company.. and then when you
arrived here.. that will happen to you...

POEA... Monitor this kind of situation. Please.!!!! My friends cant event have a proper rest
day to used the Internet.. what the Fuck is that..

Unappreciated Filipino Workers May Be Banned from the Gulf State

The new regulations issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is a welcome first step in reducing abuse of workers in the Gulf. It is a government to government issue and more teeth needs to be attached over time.It is not the individual poor worker fighting the GCC governments.

Also more governments will join in ,albeit slowley, with their own schemes.Another small example is the Indian government not sending maids over under 30 years of age,Gulf countries are running out of cheap labour countries and can't so easily just ban Philippine workers who by and large are effective and good workers. This is so as countries like Qatar wish to have certain percentages of cheap labour and they are or will be running out of cheap labour countries.