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Qatar’s migrant fund expected to support Nepali workers

Posted by jaypee 37 days ago Qatar
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com — Nov 4, 2017-The latest initiative by the Qatar government for the protection of its foreign labour force is expected to benefit Nepali migrant workers as well. Qatar recently endorsed a bill, which envisages protecting rights of more than two million of its foreign workers.

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Foreign workers in the UAE remit over $21bn in H1

Posted by jaypee 73 days ago United Arab Emirates
http://www.arabianbusiness.com —

The total value of remittances by foreign workers in the UAE reached AED78 billion ($21.2 billion) during the first half of 2017, according to central bank figures.


The UAE Central Bank announced that remittances totalled AED40.8 billion during the second quarter, an increase of 10 percent compared to the first quarter.


Indian workers continued to lead as the most active na Read More

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UAE law targets sexual harassment, forced labor

Posted by jaypee 75 days ago United Arab Emirates
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DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates, criticized globally for its treatment of migrant workers, issued a law on Tuesday to combat abuse of domestic staff, state news agency WAM said.


It includes prohibitions on sexual harassment, forced labor, and the employment of domestic workers under 18.


It also stipulates that workers are entitled to one paid day off each week, Read More

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Oman plans labour complexes to house foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 85 days ago Oman
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Authorities in Oman are planning to build new labour complexes to house single foreign workers around Muscat, according to reports.


Times of Oman cited Muscat municipal council members as saying that the plans followed complaints from Omanis living in areas like Ruwi, Hamriya and Wadi Adai where large numbers of “semi-skilled workers” stay sometimes illegally i Read More

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400 stranded workers in Sohar return to India

Posted by jaypee 98 days ago Oman
http://timesofoman.com —

Muscat: Around 400 stranded workers, who claimed they were not paid salaries for months, have arrived home in India.

Workers, who said they had been struggling for food and accommodation for weeks, are now united with their families with help from the Ministry of Manpower and the Indian Embassy in Muscat.

Indra Mani Pandey, India’s ambassador to

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Buying and selling maids online

Posted by jaypee 99 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Migrant labour in Gulf countries has long been a subject of controversy, and the system that regulates it has now spawned a black market for domestic servants who are bought and sold online.


BBC Trending has discovered that dozens of private Facebook groups are being used to circumvent local laws and regulations. Messages like these appeared rece Read More

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Qatar enacts new employment law that better protects OFWs

Posted by jaypee 103 days ago Qatar
http://news.mb.com.ph —

Qatar has enacted a new employment law that would provide better protection to the more than 50,000 Filipino household service workers in the Gulf state.


According to Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola, the coverage of Qatar’s new “Domestic Employment Law” has been expanded to now also cover household service workers and Read More

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24.3 million Saudi work permits issued for private sector employment in 3 years

Posted by jaypee 104 days ago Saudi Arabia
http://www.arabnews.com —

RIYADH: The number of work permits issued to private sector employees in Saudi Arabia reached about 24.3 million in the last three years.
Professional services and engineering accounted for about 45 percent of the issued licenses.
According to statistics issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, 2016 witnessed a decline in the number of licenses issued by 3 percent

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