Head of the Federation of Domestic Workers Recruitment Agencies Khaled Al-Dakhnan revealed that there are some things that may delay the arrival of new Filipino domestic workers to the country, including the training course that the new worker, who has not previously worked in any of the Gulf countries, must pass in a specialized institute. That being said, due to the pandemic conditions, the number of workers attending one session has been reduced, which is reflected in the reduction of job applications there.

Al-Dakhnan explained to Al-Jarida that there is another obstacle that slows down the recruitment, which is the delay in issuing passports to workers in Manila, which takes about 3 months, indicating that there is contact with the labor union there to find urgent solutions to these matters to ensure the speedy arrival of workers.

Arrival after the feast

While Al-Dakhnan expected the arrival of the first new batches from the Philippines after the end of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, he called upon citizens and residents who wish to recruit to read all the terms of the tripartite work contract in full before signing it, to know the limits of their obligations, duties and rights, stressing that in the event of signing it becomes imperative to adhere to the terms of the contract Complete and drawn from Law (68/2015) regarding domestic workers.

He pointed out that there are strenuous efforts made to re-recruit, so everyone must abide by the law and the contracts concluded to ensure the continuation of the decision to lift the ban, and that no future problems arise, stressing the Union’s keenness to preserve the rights of all nationalities of domestic workers in the country.

Al-Dakhnan stressed that the local offices have nothing to do with the costs of the domestic worker recruitment platform “with safety”, especially as it belongs to a private company responsible for it, explaining that the office relationship is only limited to recruitment costs, while ensuring that workers arrive in the country free of any diseases.

Decreased job requests

For his part, Bassam Al-Shammari, owner of a labor recruitment company, said that “After the decision of the Ministry of Labor in Manila to lift the ban on supplying its new domestic workers came into effect, local recruitment offices began to receive applications from citizens and residents wishing to recruit this labor, and then issue entry visas Visa) and the conclusion of special contracts between the office and the employer, and their attestation by the embassy in the country.

Al-Shammari added that “after that, these contracts are sent to external offices (labor export agencies) to complete the recruitment procedures.” Health and precautionary measures to confront the epidemic, in addition to the delay of the Kuwaiti embassy in Manila to receive and ratify contracts for recruitment.

He pointed out that before the implementation of the decision to ban the recruitment of Filipino workers, there were between 150 and 200 monthly requests for work, but now they do not exceed 50 monthly request