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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Morocco New Law Advances Domestic Workers' Rights Human Rights Watch . (1 August 2016)

Morocco's new law regulating work for domestic workers could help protect thousands of women and girls from exploitation and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. The new law was adopted by the House of Representatives on July 26, 2016, and will go into effect one year after publication in the official gazette.

Singapore New mobile kiosk brings help closer to foreign domestic workers Channel News Asia . (31 July 2016)

The Mobile Centre for Domestic Employees, launched on Sunday (July 31) in Paya Lebar, will be deployed for at least two Sundays a month at common areas where maids gather. There foreign domestic workers and their employers can get advice from centre staff on the spot.

By UNNIKRISHNAN, VISHAKH.

Last August, Union Minister for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya announced that the government was working on a draft policy for domestic workers. For the past one year the Centre prepared a national policy proposing a minimum salary of Rs 9,000 per month for skilled and full-time household helps. This would also include social security benefits, mandatory leaves and health benefits.

Indonesia Slow start to bank scheme that protects Indonesian maids Strait Times . (25 July 2016)
By Seow, Joanna.

Only about half of the estimated 200 employment agencies here that focus on placing Indonesian domestic workers have signed on to a compulsory bank scheme that seeks to protect workers. Employers would no longer pay for this first and then deduct a portion of the helper's monthly salary.

Bahrain No minimum wage plan for domestic workers, says Bahrain. Arabian Business . (24 July 2016)

Bahrain will not set a minimum wage for its domestic workers due to the free-market nature of its economy, according to officials. The change would not help the country’s labour market since it works on a demand and supply system, Labour and Social Development Ministry Labour Affairs assistant under-secretary Mohammed Al Ansari told Gulf Daily News.

Saudi Arabia Saudis curb visas for Bangladeshi male domestic workers. Dhaka Tribune . (23 July 2016)
By Tribune Online Report, .

Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended recruitment visas of single male Bangladeshi domestic workers, reports Arab News. The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has asked applicants to search for workers of other nationalities through the Mosaned website.

By Gardini, Marco.

The life histories of slave descendants in Madagascar help us understand how legacies of slavery contribute to contemporary patterns of exploitation. They illuminate ongoing and everyday struggles against socio-economic subordination. Since the end of the 1990s, Madagascar has become a major reserve of young domestic workers for Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Mauritius.

By Arab Times, .

The Sri Lankan government has defined four factors to organise the recruitment of domestic workers to the Kingdom. These factors are related to stopping the sending of workers to recruitment offices and limiting them to specialised companies; committing companies to the unified contract; establishing training centers for workers to guarantee the rights of all parties; and providing all necessary measures to take care of its citizens outside the country.

The stats body showed that among the worst to be hit, were domestic workers, with as many as 45,000 losing their job in the first quarter, to 984,000 employees, from 1.029 million in the prior quarter.

Kuwait Kuwait sets minimum wage for domestic workers. Al Jazeera . (14 July 2016)

The country becomes the first in the Gulf to regulate the work conditions of domestic staff through legislation.