The first batch of Filipino domestic workers are expected in Kuwait only after Ramadan due to the measures that have to be taken due to prevailing Coronavirus pandemic, Arabic daily Al Rai reported.

The daily said that informed sources pointed out that domestic workers’ offices began to receive recruitment applications from the Philippines, according to the three-model contract that was agreed upon between Kuwait and Manila earlier, but due to the formalities and the time required to complete the recruitment procedures, the first batch of domestic workers will not arrive before the end of Ramadan.

The tripartite contract includes some obligations on the three signatories of the contract, in addition to some general provisions, including the following:

  • The employer has no right to assign the worker to work outside Kuwait.
  • Allowing the worker to own and use a phone outside working hours, while observing confidentiality and privacy in the workplace, in a manner that does not contradict public morals.
  • The domestic worker should not be asked to work more than 12 hours per day, provided that the continuous work period does not exceed five hours, followed by a worker’s rest of not less than an hour, and the worker has the right to take a night break for a period of 8 continuous hours.
  • The domestic worker has the right to a paid weekly rest.
  • The worker is entitled to paid annual leave.
  • End of service gratuity equivalent to one month’s wages for each year.
  • The employer does not keep any documents or proof of the worker, such as a passport.
  • The employer’s obligation to pay the value of the worker’s return air ticket when traveling in the economy class.