NEW work permits will be issued again from today, but housemaids will not be included.
The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) had announced last week it would start accepting requests for new work permits which have been suspended since March. Continue reading
Employers may have to compulsorily transfer salaries of housemaids and unskilled workers directly into their bank accounts, according to a new plan by Bahrain’s labour watchdog. Continue reading
A DRAFT law that outlines job contracts for domestic workers has been approved by parliament.
The bill, proposed by Al Asala Parliamentary Bloc, organises the relationship between employers and housemaids, and mentions criteria for contracts and punishments for breach of contract. Continue reading
By GEOFFREY BEW
MPs have been accused of trying to bring back slavery, after agreeing that runaway housemaids should be fined BD500 if they are caught.
They voted in favour of the proposal during parliament’s session last Tuesday, despite objections from Labour Minister Dr Majeed Al Alawi.
By Soman Baby
A COMPREHENSIVE labour agreement that aims to protect the welfare of Indian workers and housemaids is to be signed between Bahrain and India next month. Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi will authorise the deal with Labour Minister Dr Majeed Al Alawi during a visit to Bahrain on December 4. They signed an initial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Kumarakom, Kerala earlier this year.
By GEOFFREY BEW
TWO manpower agencies will be reported to the Labour Ministry for allegedly abusing housemaids, it emerged yesterday. It follows two cases in which one maid was allegedly made to strip naked and then beaten all over her body and face with a slipper, while another was allegedly threatened with rape.