Maids offices shut as victims file complaint
In the midst of the “domestic labor shortage” crisis that the country is currently facing, many citizens became victims of multiple frauds when some owners of domestic labor offices announced new contracts for female workers from the Philippines at discounted prices compared to the rest of the offices, taking advantage of the citizens’ needs and luring them and they ended up filing hundreds of complaints with the Public Authority for Manpower, which responded by closing some offices and revoking their licenses, reports Al-Qabas daily. The daily has learned that PAM has taken legal measures against some domestic labor offices after some citizens filed complaints against them that the offices had failed to remain committed to their terms and conditions of providing a domestic worker.
Informed sources said that the closed offices did not respond to the request of the Department of Domestic Labor in the authority to visit PAM, so they were administratively closed for 3 months, and their licenses were canceled by the Ministry of Commerce.
The sources added that many complaints were registered against offices which took money from citizens to bring in a domestic worker at reduced prices, which they published through advertisements in the media, and it turned out that they had ended up in signing fictitious contracts.
The specialist in domestic labor affairs, Bassam Al-Shammari, has warned some labor recruiting offices against such manipulations in calling them ‘just a trap to loot citizens’. Al-Shammari told the daily many offices have been deliberately, in the recent period, harming the reputation of other domestic workers recruiting offices through fraudulent operations.
However, the change and rise in the new contracts was concentrated in two nationalities mainly, the Indian and the Filipino. The daily gave following details on the employment of domestic workers for the past six months, saying 26.6 thousand workers came from the Philippines, 23,000 from India and 8 thousand from Sri Lanka – 67.4% of them women; and 61,000 first time workers.