THE most awaited manpower company has finally started operating. It provides other companies with employees and citizens with domestic workers upon their request. Among many manpower companies, this one claims to have adopted a humanitarian vision; an honest and trustworthy company which offers safe deals to clients who will not be forced to pay exorbitant recruitment fees that usually range from KD 900 to KD 1,300.
Meanwhile, the website showing a list of household workers that the company can provide did not adopt humanitarian standards as the list includes the names of workers, their ages and nationalities. After every name is the word ‘price’ referring to recruitment fees, instead of just stating recruitment fees. Definitely, this is not a humanitarian vision. People are not for sale, up to the extent of putting prices next to their names. Working inside the house should never be a form of slavery but once people are treated this way, it will only lead to inhumane standards. Not only this, the supposed humanitarian company has an online shop selling housekeeper uniforms.
When I checked more than 20 names on the list, I noticed all of them are superwomen! The company put a mark on every service option! Nothing exceptional – cooking, babysitting, washing, cleaning; and I believe the information is inaccurate. No woman can do all things at the same time. If she does, then it would be under very rare conditions.
Regarding the recruitment cost, I noticed the fees range from KD 900 to KD 970. It means there is no difference or benefit for the client dealing with this company, because the fees are the same as those charged by other manpower companies.
Personally, I think this company has become a disappointment rather than a savior for every household worker.
By Atyab Alshatti, Esq.