Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia

العمالة المنزلية اكبر موقع يخدم مكاتب الاستقدام ومكاتب الخدمات للتسويق عن الغير

Saudi Arabia has a long history of abusing domestic workers. The Deputy Minister of International Labor Affairs has promised that the country will do better to protect these workers. In 2014, the Ministry of Labor signed a labour agreement that focuses on fair treatment for domestic workers. This agreement has since been renewed for five years. Despite the agreement’s promises, abuse continues. The government is unable to enforce the law in the kingdom, despite repeated complaints from domestic workers.

الأردن: مراجعة شاملة لأنظمة العمالة المنزلية وانتهاكات بحق عاملات

In 2006, a Human Rights Watch researcher visited a shelter for domestic workers operated by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Riyadh. The ministry’s staff had promised to allow the researcher to visit. But when the reporter arrived, the Ministry rushed to remove several hundred women from the shelter. They took the women out of the shelter and transferred them to other facilities. They kept the women for weeks before releasing them.

The embassy in Riyadh is working to protect migrant domestic workers by passing new laws and regulations. However, many employers fail to abide by the laws of Saudi Arabia and exploit these workers. The Ministry has implemented new laws mandating the formation of new unified recruitment companies. The government’s anti-trafficking law will ensure that any employer who uses forced labor does so. This will prevent employers from taking advantage of the vulnerable domestic workers.

Saudi Arabia has a system to protect domestic workers. The Kafala sponsorship system limits migrant workers’ rights and freedom to leave the country. Thu was sent to a deportation center earlier this year, with her passport in the hands of her employer. Other domestic workers have been held hostage by abusive employers. While many of them do not have the money to return home, they must wait for months to receive their compensation.

While the Saudi Arabian domestic worker annex would improve the existing domestic worker regulations, it is unclear whether these laws will extend to domestic workers in Riyadh. But, the annex does include a provision that limits the number of hours a domestic worker can work. Aside from that, it also protects the rights of both employers and domestic workers. It is unclear if these laws will be enforced by the embassy, but the provisions are still important to know.

In Saudi Arabia, domestic workers have access to health care services. They can claim to have a sick day once a week. In addition, they have the right to receive paid leave every year. They can also take time off if they feel sick, and they are entitled to paid leave in Saudi Arabia for 30 days. But to get paid, these benefits are only available to women. This is a limited protection for domestic workers.

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