Dubai: New law to help migrant workers

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Dubai, Nov 30: A new law would soon limit the number of domestic servants for UAE families, seeking to put an end to the exploitation faced by migrant servants, including Indians.

The draft of the new law on housemaids and domestic servants includes provisions limiting the number of servants for each family, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Labour (MoL).

''We discussed the provision of limiting the number of domestic servants depending on the number of members in the family and the average per capita income,'' Labour Counsellor at the MoL, Yousef Jaffar told Khaleej Times yesterday.

The law after coming into operation would also regulate the relations between the sponsor and the domestic servant.

It would also define the tasks of a house maid or domestic servant and list the authority which would monitor the affairs of the servants and the sponsors.

Mr Jaafar explained that the sponsors should pay their servants the monthly wages on time, and give break hours during the day as well provide them with suitable places to live.

Moreover, the law would also stipulate that the sponsors must give the servants annual leave, air tickets and local transportation in addition to medical care.

He stressed that the new law would be implemented under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior and would be separate from the labour law.

''We are only giving advices and drawing up the basic rights of the workers according to the international standards and laws,'' Mr Jaafar added.


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