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The UAE Ministry of Labor has reduced the deposit expatriates pay to bring in domestic help to AED2,000.

November 19, 2009 4:13 by

Housemaids abscond for a variety of reasons; the most-often cited being abuse and mistreatment.

Interestingly, domestic workers in the emirates are not covered under the provisions of the labor law like other workers; their problems are considered as either immigration or police matters. And when there’s a conflict between a housekeeper and his or her employer, most workers are convinced the law is on the sponsors’ side.

It is unsurprising, then, that most domestic workers choose to runaway, in spite of losing their employment rights as a result of absconding.

It seems to Kipp the system needs more than mere fee adjustments.

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  1. Barry on November 22, 2009 5:51 am

    This is great news for all but the authorities should also reduce the medical & visa charges which is Aed 5000 per year to same as the deposit amount.

    Secondly I agree with KIPP that the authories should do more and one of the way is to make it a Labour related issue rather than Immigration or Police.

    Just as normal workers need to sign in front of the labour officer for all dues at end of contract the same should be for domestic helpers. Also the doestic helpers should be able to report the problems to both immigration and labour against the employer so that if a employer is black list for mistratment of their domestic helpers they will not be issued another visa or approval in the future.

    I hope this will help to curb the mistratment of domestic helper.

  2. neeta on November 22, 2009 8:26 am

    The visa charges for housemaids of Dhs 5000 /- every year are expensive , instead if the government can look at a 2 year contract wherein the cost reduces , the time and efforts to renew the visa every year reduce and also this would encourage the sponsors to lock in the services . Most of the time the house maids go home once in two years for 60 days the visa part would also help the complete process to be simpler and more economical .
    If the visa costs are reduced a lot of illegal house maids working will reduce , leading people to directly employ staff and create more openness in the economy .


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