Contract specifies obligations of three signatories
KUWAIT CITY, April 3: The first batch of Filipino domestic workers are expected to arrive in Kuwait after the holy month of Ramadan due to the measures that must be taken in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Al-Rai daily quoting reliable sources. Sources said the domestic labor recruitment offices have started accepting recruitment applications from the Philippines according to the three-model contract that was agreed between Kuwait and Manila earlier. However, due to the formalities and the time required to complete the recruitment procedures, the first batch of domestic workers will arrive only after Ramadan, sources explained.
Tripartite Sources disclosed the tripartite contract specifies the obligations of the three signatories on the contract; in addition to the general provisions, including the following:
● The employer has no right to assign the worker outside Kuwait.
● The domestic worker must be allowed to own and use a telephone outside working hours, while observing confidentiality and privacy in the workplace in a manner that does not contradict public morals.
● The worker should not work for more than 12 hours per day and the continuous work period should not exceed five hours. This should be followed by a rest period of not less than an hour. The worker has the right to take a night break for a period of eight hours (continuous).
● The worker has the right to a paid weekly rest.
● The worker is entitled to paid annual leave.
● The worker’s end-of-service gratuity should be equivalent to one month salary for each year of service.
● The employer should not keep any document or proof of identity of the worker, such as the passport.
● The employer is obligated to pay for the worker’s return air ticket when traveling – economy class.