Domestic Labor Rights in Saudi Arabia

العمالة المنزلية اكبر موقع يخدم مكاتب الاستقدام ومكاتب الخدمات للتسويق عن الغير

For foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, job security has become a major issue. While working in the kingdom, migrant workers have to pay fees to employers on their behalf. The fee, which is often as high as eight hundred Saudi riyals, is much more than the worker earns in a month. Some workers have been forced to leave the country due to the high cost of living, including health costs.

موقع عاملتي للعمالة المنزلية في مكه

The government has announced plans to introduce reforms in the labor sector, including the elimination of kafala. However, the reform does not apply to the approximately one million domestic workers in the Kingdom. Many of these عاملات experience abuse, excessive working hours, confinement in the employer’s home, and passport confiscation. While these reforms will make it easier for workers to find jobs, they may not be enough to address the needs of the domestic worker population.

A recent study conducted by the International Labor Organization (ILO) shows that domestic workers in Saudi Arabia face numerous hardships. The conditions for these workers are harsh and many of them face abuse and exploitation. They are deprived of their wages and often face physical abuse. They are also locked in tiny rooms with thin mattresses and few supplies. In March, nine women in their late thirties were held in a room with just a mattress and a few sheets. The women, some of them pregnant, are chained to walls and confined to their employers’ homes.

Saudi Arabia’s new initiative to legalize foreign workers will make it easier for them to move between jobs. It will also blur the boundaries between foreigners and locals. This should create a level playing field for the private sector, which is already under pressure to nationalize more jobs. But in the meantime, the reforms are a small step toward the right direction. In the meantime, the situation in the country will remain the same for the next several years.

Until now, Saudi Arabian women in the domestic service industry have been denied their rights and their wages. As a result, many are unable to secure adequate housing. In addition, the government’s migrant policy does not even allow employees to transfer sponsorship to another employer. The changes are still in the early stages, but could be a significant step towards improving the conditions of foreign-workers in Saudi Arabia.

As of September 2017, the Saudi Arabian labor force comprises 7.12 million people. They enjoy limited rights, such as freedom of assembly, strike rights, and the right to organize unions. As of now, there is no minimum wage. But forced labor is rampant, especially in remote areas. The domestic service industry has been known to exploit migrant workers, often for a low salary. Some employees are required to work seven days a week and in some cases up to 16 hours a day.

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