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Philippines govt demands monthly report from domestic labor offices

Domestic Workers Dept at PAM calls for urgent meeting

KUWAIT CITY, March 27: The offices of the Filipino labor recruitment in Kuwait are caught between anvil and the hammer, since the Philippine government demands for a monthly report on all the movements and conditions of domestic workers that each office brings, and the statement of the Director of Regulating the Recruitment of Domestic Workers Department at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), Nasser Al-Mousawi allowing the offices to do so — the statement that mobilized the Philippine side, but now threatens to return the domestic labor file to square one, reports Al-Rai daily.

With the Philippine government requesting the offices to start making reports on all those workers brought into the country in 2018 and 2019, and the labor offices are said to have begun to contact the sponsors in order to submit the required reports, but Al-Mousawi’s statement said it is illegal to contact the sponsor and the offices stopped for fear of legal accountability and called for an urgent meeting with the Philippine side to discuss this decision, Saturday, March 27, 2021. The head of the Technical Voluntary Committee to Study the Situation of the Domestic Workers Sector, Bassam Al-Shimmari has criticized Al-Mousawi’s statement.

Al-Shimmari told the daily “What the official in charge of the domestic worker file said is in contradiction to the law and its executive regulations, especially since Chapter Eight speaks of how to resolve disputes between the worker and the employer, following a gradual method that starts with negotiation, then involves the recruitment office, then the labor administration and finally the court, as Chapter Nine provided for general provisions that include procedures and controls for granting negotiations.

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