DAMMAM: FILIPINA maintenance workers employed as cleaners in hospitals, health centers and commercial establishments complained of discrimination by their own government.
Reacting to the recent announcement by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) increasing the salaries of Filipina domestic workers from $200 to $400, the maintenance workers said their government is not being fair in the treatment of its overseas workers. â€œThis is unjust. Is the POEA not aware of our plight? Our monthly salary as maintenance workers is only SR512,â€ said Leyna, a maintenance worker at Samama, a maintenance company employing several hundreds Filipina workers all over the Kingdom.
The maintenance workers said their jobs entail the same long working hours and conditions as those of domestic helpers. â€œWe also have families to support, children to send to school. But why the difference in salary and treatment,â€ she asked. Many of these women maintenance workers have run away and abandoned their job, because they can hardly survive with their meager salaries.
After the Government of the Philippines imposed new restrictions on the conditions under which Filipinas could work as household servants, other Filipinas are demanding the same. It won’t be long before the male Filipinos start asking for something similar. Already, some Saudis have stopped recruiting Filipinas, though there is no Saudi governmental ban.
Saudi Gazette runs another story about those regulations and more about Saudi hesitance to hire Filipinas: Recruitersâ€™ Nightmare
It also has a story from the Philippines stating that there will be No Exemption to the regulations.
If the Philippine government can make this stick, it will certainly put pressure on the other countries exporting their labor to do something similar.