Philippines to resume sending domestic workers to UAE after striking new labor deal

The Philippines will resume sending domestic helpers to the United Arab Emirates beginning March 31 after it struck a new labor deal with the Gulf state, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.

DOLE said Manila and Abu Dhabi agreed that new domestic workers who would be deployed to the Gulf state would be covered by a unified employment contract that provides stringent measures to protect them.

Under the unified contract, the employer, and foreign and local recruitment agencies are all liable should anything untoward happen to Filipino workers.

The agreement between the Philippines and the UAE also provides that domestic workers should get to sleep for at least eight hours and get at least a paid day off every week.

It also provides the Filipinos should be able to keep their cellphones, passports and other identification documents and that their employers should not be allowed to hold these.

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