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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Region(s): East Asia & Southeast Asia ; Philippines ; United Arab Emirates ; Middle East & North Africa
Philippines United Arab Emirates Philippines to lift ban on domestic workers; Dh1,500 new minimum salary for maids. Emirates 24/7 . (15 August 2016)

An official in the Philippine Consulate in Dubai told Emarat Al Youm that the competent authorities in his country decided to lift the ban on Filipino domestic workers coming to the UAE and added that domestic workers can come in again under the unified contract approved by the UAE Ministry of Interior in June 2014.

Philippines United Arab Emirates Baldoz in UAE to address domestic workers issues Rappler . (12 December 2014)
By Dass, Jojo.

The Philippine labor chief says the nature of the job of household service workers (HSWs) in the UAE give them 'a very high exposure to exploitation'.

Philippines United Arab Emirates Group notes lack of legal safeguards for Filipino maids in UAE Inquirer Global Nation . (29 October 2014)
By Santos, Matikas.

"Domestic workers have virtually no legal safeguards governing their employment," she said.

Philippines United Arab Emirates Agreement to safeguard Filipino workers' rights to be signed soon The National . (1 February 2014)
By Ruiz, Ramona.

"We are in the final negotiation phase and we will be signing it in a few months," said Danilo Cruz, the unde-rsecretary for employment and manpower development at the Philippines' labour department.

Angola Argentina Bahrain Belgium Benin Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic India Indonesia Italy Kenya Mauritius Morocco Namibia Nicaragua Paraguay Philippines Singapore South África Thailand United Arab Emirates Uruguay Venezuela Zâmbia 2012: A Year of Progress for Domestic Workers Human Rights Watch . (10 January 2013)

2012 brought significant progress for the rights of domestic workers, with dozens of countries adopting policy or legislative measures to strengthen protections for domestic workers, including 8 that moved to ratify the ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers (ILO Convention 189, Domestic Workers Convention).  Below is a summary of noteworthy developments.

Philippines United Arab Emirates UAE recruiters warned to pay minimum wage for Filipino domestic workers The National . (16 December 2012)
By Ruiz, Ramona.

ABU DHABI // Recruitment agencies who provide Filipino domestic staff to employers for less than the minimum wage of US$400 (Dh1,470) a month face being suspended or blacklisted.