India fixes minimum wage for its maids in UAE

February 21st, 2008 - 8:06 pm ICT by admin  

By Aroonim Bhuyan
Dubai, Feb 21 (IANS) India has fixed a minimum wage for its female household service workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at 1,100 dirhams ($300) per month. “The minimum wage will be 1,100 dirhams per month, besides provision of free food, accommodation and return airfare,” the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi Thursday said, stipulating that only Indian women over the age of 30 could apply for such household jobs.

The intending employer in the UAE will also have to show that his minimum income is at least 10,000 dirhams ($2,723) per month, the embassy said.

According to the new rules, any intending employer will have to approach the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi or the consulate in Dubai accompanied by an Indian national of good standing who would personally guarantee the character and social standing of the intending employer.

The intending employer will then have to submit an application to the mission, seeking its permission to recruit a household service worker - a maid.

This apart, the intending employer will also have to deposit an undertaking and an employment contract in the standard format, attested by the shariah court, with the UAE’s justice and Islamic affairs ministry and foreign ministry.

Photocopies of the passports of the employer, the Indian guarantor and the intending maid and the original visa of the maid will also have to be deposited.

The Indian mission will then attest the visa of the maid and the employment contract.

According to these fresh guidelines, the employer must provide a mobile phone to the household worker, and both the employer and the household worker will have to visit the mission within two weeks of her arrival from India for physical verification of the employer’s address.

The maid can be recruited either directly or through a recruiting agent listed by the embassy.

If the employer directly recruits the maid from India, he/she will have to deposit an amount of 9,200 dirhams ($2,505) with the Indian mission as a security.

On termination of the contract, the amount will be refunded. But in case the maid complains of non-receipt of dues or if the Indian mission has to incur any expenditure on her accommodation, food, local transportation or airfare to India, these will be deducted from the security deposit and the balance refunded to the employer.

However, if the employer recruits the maid through an agent, the security deposit will not be required.

In such cases, the employer will have to submit to the embassy copies of the demand letter, power of attorney in favour of the agent and a specimen employment contract.

The new rules come into effect immediately, the embassy said.

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