Domestic workers

Over 50,000 ‘officially registered’ domestic workers in Bahrain | THE DAILY TRIBUNE

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The Daily Tribune –

Bahrain has 50,098 officially registered domestic workers, of whom 25,467 have new work permits and 24,631 have renewed contracts. This comes as the Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) reveals the latest statistics on the number of domestic workers employed in Bahrain. It is learned that there are nine agencies operating in Bahrain which provide domestic workers.

The LMRA has done its best to find solutions to the problems of hiring and employing domestic workers. On the one hand, rules and regulations have been strengthened to prevent the rights of domestic workers from being violated by employers while, on the other hand, the Ministry of Interior has received more than 4,500 cases of domestic workers on the run.

The Daily Tribune earlier reported that many citizens were upset over the increased cost of recruiting maids, which they said has now risen to BD 3,000 including agent charges. They say they are not against the tripartite agreement or any legal mechanism that provides security and financial security for maids, but want the authorities to stop the rising costs of the recruitment process.

A citizen said that the pandemic has completely worsened the recruitment scenario for housekeepers. “We are not against legal mechanisms that keep cleaners safe, but such mechanisms should not be exploited, making the lives of citizens miserable.

With regard to the recruitment of maids and domestic workers, the LMRA has adopted the Tripartite Domestic Contract, which regulates the relationship between the Employment Office, the employer (the household) and the domestic worker, and all recruiting offices are required to apply it.

The cost of hiring a housekeeper from an agency will include the agent’s fee, the cost of bringing the housekeeper to Bahrain, and the cost of a work permit. Citizens allege that many agents are exploiting the situation, where the availability of domestic workers and cleaners in the recruitment market remains low.

“Although the legal costs of hiring a cleaner approach BD 300, the actual expenses incurred are ten times that.” According to statistics released by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, there are almost 90,000 registered domestic workers in Bahrain.

Domestic workers come to Bahrain from many countries including the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea, Ghana and Seychelles. The newspaper also published a report quoting human rights activists, who urged employers of domestic workers to show compassion in granting end-of-service benefits and paid leave in accordance with the LMRA workers’ law. tripartite servants.

Last year, the LMRA, in cooperation with the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) and the Bahrain Insurance Association (BIA), announced the Voluntary Insurance Scheme for Domestic Workers to protect employers and expatriate domestic workers following any incident covered by the insurance.

The Voluntary Insurance Scheme for Domestic Workers protects employers and expatriate domestic employees in the event of departure from work in violation of the conditions of the work permit, unfair dismissal, as well as compensation in the event of injury, disability or death.

In the event of death, the legal heirs of insured employees would be compensated and repatriation costs would be covered. LMRA CEO Jamal Abdulaziz Al Alawi said the LMRA has coordinated with the CBB, BIA and insurance companies to come up with an integrated plan that guarantees the rights of all parties.

It specifies that the employer has the possibility of insuring expatriate employees as soon as they are hired. Three insurance formulas have been made available to employers. Prices vary between BD40 and BD120 for 12 months and between BD60 and BD180 for 24 months.