Wednesday 23 July 2014

Bahrain plans new taskforce to help maids

An inter-ministerial taskforce is being set up in Bahrain to tackle the growing problem of runaway housemaids, a report said. Almost 1,000 women fled from rogue employers last year, according to the latest figures, reported the Gu


Saudi to grant maid visas to new job firms

Saudi Arabia will allow new recruitment firms to bring in more maids from different countries in a move to curb black marketing of domestic workers, a report said. The Labour Ministry of the kingdom will give 10 manpower companies


Bahrain mulls weekly day off for housemaids

Housemaids working in Bahrain could soon be legally entitled to a weekly day off for the first time, a report said. The country has backed proposals for a unified GCC employment contract for domestic workers that would also give t


New rules planned for GCC’s manpower firms

New regulations were currently being drawn between GCC member states to end conflicting procedures that had led to varying rates for housemaids despite being from the same country, said a senior government official from Bahrain. Labour Min


Bahrain families spend over $132m on maids

Bahraini families spend more than BD50 million ($132.6 million) a year on housemaids, according to estimates. Recent statistics show that 65 out of 100 Bahraini women employ housemaids, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.-T


BCCI slams security deposit for maids

Security deposits for housemaids will add burdens on citizens and are not inline with policies of the International Labour Organisations, the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has said. The decision to enforce a security depo


Housemaids to get protection

A comprehensive labour agreement that aims to protect the welfare of Indian workers and housemaids is to be signed between Bahrain and India next month. Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi will authorise the deal with Labour Mini

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