On Sunday, a delegation of Philippine labour officials met in Kuwait to talk about the impact of a new ban on Filipinos working in the emirate.
Following the murder of a Filipina maid whose body was found in an abandoned freezer, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait.
Philippine Deputy Minister of Labour and Employment Ciriaco Lagunzad said the delegation was looking at the side effects of the ban. The ban is likely to impact many families dependent on remittances from relatives who work in Kuwait.
He said , “I would like to find out from the associations, the organizations of Filipinos whether the other Filipinos working here are in good condition and safe. It cannot be business as usual. Unless the conditions change – and that will be subject to negotiations – the ban stays.”
Although the murderers were arrested in Damascus, the demands of the workers are still to be heard. Among the key demands are that Filipino workers be allowed to keep their mobile phones and passports, which currently can be confiscated by employers.
Another labour delegation tasked with negotiating a bilateral treaty for domestic workers is set to arrive in Kuwait City next week
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