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No uniform health insurance premium for domestic workers

Posted by jaypee 54 days ago Saudi Arabia
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JEDDAH — Health insurance premium for domestic workers varies depending on their medical history, Makkah Arabic newspaper quoted health insurance companies as saying on Monday.


Annual health insurance premium varies between SR2,100 and SR4,300, a source told the newspaper.


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Saudi King orders resolution of foreign workers’ issues - The Hindu

Posted by jaypee 47 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered authorities to address “once and for all” the grievances of distressed foreign workers, especially Indians and the Filipinos, stranded in the Kingdom after not being paid for months.


The King, in a series of directives on Sunday, ordered the Minister of Labour and Social Development to take nece Read More

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Saudi lifts hiring ban on Bangladeshi workers – report

Posted by jaypee 45 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers, local media quoted the ministry of Labour and Social Development as saying.


The ban, partly in force since 2008, only allowed domestic helpers from Bangladesh to work in the kingdom.


Bangladesh ambassador Golam Moshi told local daily Arab News that the move follows a meeting between Saudi King Read More

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Saudi lifts ban on Bangladeshi workers, while ignoring plight of thousands of stranded workers

Posted by jaypee 44 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia has lifted a six-year ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers. The move comes even as the Kingdom struggles to deal with tens of thousands of migrant workers stranded and starving, without pay or sustenance.

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Saudization: Labor Ministry to unveil six new projects

Posted by jaypee 42 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development is reportedly in the process of producing six projects to increase Saudisation in the labour market.


Arab News cited a source as saying a key objective of the ministry is to reduce the difference in costs between hiring Saudis and expat workers.


The projects involve developing recruitment mechanisms so se Read More

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Saudi Arabia may allow foreign maid recruiters to set up local offices

Posted by jaypee 41 days ago Saudi Arabia

Plans have been mooted to allow foreign domestic workers recruitment offices to set up in Saudi Arabia, according to local media.


A Shura council member has called for overseas recruitment firms to be able to conduct business in the kingdom in order to meet high demand for housemaids.

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Philippines minister in Saudi Arabia over stranded workers

Posted by jaypee 38 days ago Saudi Arabia
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RIYADH: Filipino and Saudi officials are working together to help thousands of stranded workers under a directive from King Salman, a diplomat said Wednesday as the Philippines labor secretary visited.


The roughly 11,000 Filipinos are among tens of thousands of workers affected by financial troubles at the kingdom's major construction firms.


"Their salaries have not been p Read More

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Stranded workers in Saudi Arabia plead for help as economy falters | Middle East Eye

Posted by jaypee 34 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Workers at a construction company in Saudi Arabia have issued an urgent plea for help, saying they are trapped and facing starvation because their employer is refusing to pay salaries or grant them permission to leave the country.


Foreign staff at building firm United Seemac told MEE the company's 500-plus Read More