Joe Avanceña

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. “This is unjust. Is the POEA not aware of our plight? Our monthly salary as maintenance workers is only SR512,” 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. “We also have families to support, children to send to school. But why the difference in salary and treatment,” 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: Recruiters’ 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.

January:29:2007 - 22:34 | Comments & Trackbacks (2) | Permalink
2 Responses to “Philippine Work Regulations Start Avalanche”
  1. 1
    clapton Said:
    January:30:2007 - 05:54 

    The regulation and protection of Filipino workers definitely needs to increase but the labor “blackmarket” needs to be shut down as well.

    I don’t know how the Filipino Govt will accomplish this, but there needs to be some licensing/screening of recruitment companies. There are many stories from Saudis first hand who have “encountered” Filipino women working as sex slaves. They were recruited under the guise of working as nurses, in restaurants, etc. and then are prevented from returning. Throughout the gulf this is a tragedy. In the “bar of Saudi Arabia,” Bahrain, this is a serious problem and the Bahraini, Filipino and Saudi Govts must address this. But don’t be mistaken, it exists in pockets in Saudi Arabia as well. I bring this up on a Saudi forum because this sex market exists there to cater to the Saudi demand. This issue needs to be brought to the fore, and the Arabian Peninsula needs to stop ignoring this crime in their midst.

    Expiating this injustice from their region any Islamic country should be proud of.

  2. 2
    John Said:
    January:30:2007 - 09:59 

    Trafficking in Humans (especially women and children) is a global problem affecting Europe and the US nearly as much as the labor-exporting countries of Asia.

    The US State Department, as required by Congress, publishes an annual Report on Trafficking in Persons that is worth the effort to read. [Link is to the 2006 report.]

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