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India and Saudi Arabia signed Labour Cooperation for Domestic Service Workers Recruitment
Jan 03, 2014

India signed a labour cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia that will cover about a quarter of the 28 lakh Indian expatriates working there and could be the stepping stone for a more comprehensive pact covering all Indian workers in the Gulf Kingdom.

Salient Features of the Agreement are:

The agreement regulates contractual relations between employers and domestic workers, ensures authenticity and implementation of the employment contract, promises action against recruitment agencies violating laws and seeks to establish a mechanism to provide 24-hour assistance to domestic workers. A standard employment contract would set out minimum wages, working hours, paid holidays and a dispute settlement mechanism. It endeavors to control recruitment costs in both countries. It also ensures that recruitment agencies and the employer shall not charge or deduct from the salary of the domestic worker any cost attendant to his/her recruitment and deployment. It facilitates the opening by the employer of a bank account under the name of the domestic sector workers.

This is the first step towards a comprehensive agreement on labour cooperation covering the entire spectrum of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia.


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