Economy

Manila officials visiting Kuwait amid worker row

Manila officials visiting Kuwait amid worker row”

President Rodrigo Duterte held up pictures showing the battered body of a Filipino maid found in a Kuwait apartment freezer on February 9 and promised free flights home for abused workers in the country.

Duterte's government banned workers from going to Kuwait after the Filipina's body was found February 6 in a Kuwait City apartment that had reportedly been abandoned for more than a year.

Labour officials are due to conduct negotiations with Kuwait next week with the intention of finalising an agreement to protect the rights of Filipino workers in the country.

The killing was the final straw for Duterte, who asked commercial airlines to help the voluntary repatriation of workers from Kuwait.

In all, there are more than two million Filipinos working in the region, whose remittances are a lifeline to the Philippine economy.

Lagunzad said Duterte had ordered the team to ensure that the passports of Filipino workers are deposited with the Philippine embassy.

"We are going to Kuwait tomorrow, Saudi Arabia and then on to Qatar to ensure that our overseas Filipino workers have sufficient protection", said Labour Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad, who will helm the delegation.

Manila has said some Filipino workers have been raped, fed scraps and forced to work 21 hour days by their employers in Kuwait.

Senator Win Gatchalian earlier said he is considering proposing the expansion of the total deployment ban to other countries that are partially-compliant with global and local labor laws.

"Kuwait should confront the outcry over deaths, beatings and rapes of domestic workers by taking immediate steps to reform the kafala system, which traps workers with abusive employers", HRW's Middle East women's rights researcher Rothna Begum said in a statement late yesterday.

Overseas Filipino workers say their goodbyes to their loved ones before leaving for another country to work.

Duterte also wants Filipinos to have access to cellphones so they can call for help in case of abuse, Lagunzad said.

"Hopefully we can finalise the memorandum of agreement and by first or second week of March, we will have the signing by the Kuwaiti and Philippine governments", said Mr Claro Arellano, another Labour Undersecretary.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


24 February 2018
NFL Draft 2018: Chiefs earn 1 compensatory draft pick
Lang, S Micah Hyde, DE Julius Peppers and TE Jared Cook when their contracts expired past year . The Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys each were awarded four.

24 February 2018
Mariner Wealth Advisors LLC Buys 2718 Shares of Kimberly Clark Corp (KMB)
Brookfield Asset Management Inc bought 1.55 million shares as the company's stock declined 13.24% while stock markets rallied. Palisades Hudson Asset Management LP holds 0.16% of its portfolio in Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) for 2,385 shares.

24 February 2018
New Report Provides 2011-2018 Overview of Asia-Pacific Cleansing Oil Market
Everyone regardless the size of business in the Refined Avocado Oil industry can use this report to achieve desired objectives . Various articulation, representation, and conventions considered in Virgin Coconut Oil report have made it readable.

24 February 2018
Salman Khan FINALLY reveals why he is still not married
Last month, Salman Khan took his fans for a surprise when he announced on Twitter that "mujhe ladki mil gayi" (I got a girl). Though the actor has never accepted any of his relationships publicly, he is now linked to Romanian TV host Iulia Vantur .

24 February 2018
Koreas to hold talks on Pyongyang's Paralympics participation
The North has dispatched almost 500 people, including athletes, musicians and cheerleaders to the Olympics. The ministry said it made the proposal on Tuesday.

24 February 2018
Reduces Stake in Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP)
BidaskClub raised Automatic Data Processing from a "buy" rating to a "strong-buy" rating in a report on Saturday, October 21st. Capital Planning Advisors LLC's holdings in Automatic Data Processing were worth $2,993,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

24 February 2018
Purchases New Holdings in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA)
Kidder Stephen W stated it has 4.3% in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). 15,808 are held by Modera Wealth Mngmt Limited Liability Company. BidaskClub raised shares of Alibaba Group from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd.

24 February 2018
People were very confused about Kendrick Lamar's BRIT Awards performance
Lamar took the stage lying above a Lamborghini in a glass box, opening with "Feel" from his 2017 album DAMN . Still, Kendrick blasted through the songs while Rick The Kid smashed a sports car's windshield.

24 February 2018
Liverpool v West Ham Betting Tips
This side should have no problem scoring against a side like West Ham and as a result, I expect them to win this game very easily. They are riding high after smashing Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie last week.

23 February 2018
Windows 10 Build 17107 is now available on Fast Ring with improvements
A few nagging problems linger still, with Microsoft disclosing some of the known issues that it plans to address in future builds. If not, it is necessary to create a bootable ISO on a USB drive, boot into recovery mode, and this will allow bypass.