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This is disgusting


StrayCat Plus
11 16.0k 2 Canada
20 May 2011 3:16AM
Philippines rejects Saudi proposal to lower wages for Filipino maids
The Associated Press
at 21:49 on May 19, 2011, EDT.
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has rejected an appeal from Saudi Arabia to cut by half a minimum wage requirement for Filipino maids and will not be sending new domestic helpers until the dispute is solved.
Philippine Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz says the Saudi government wants the minimum monthly salary for Filipino maids lowered from $400 to $200.
Saudi officials have complained that the Philippine government has imposed strict measures on Saudi employers and in March announced they were suspending processing of new contracts.
About 1.2 million Filipinos work in the kingdom.
Baldoz said Friday abuse of overseas workers in Arab countries is rampant and the government won't compromise on its demand for higher wages.
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I say good for the Philipino Gonernment.

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digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
20 May 2011 8:06AM
Me too
pabloisme 4 566 England
20 May 2011 9:49AM
ouch! they will have to live like they did in the 60's when I was there

pig and pen was the word!
peted01 6 75 United Kingdom
20 May 2011 11:23AM
yep good luck, i was there for a few years in the 90's and had a lot of them working for my company. really nice people, they should all go on strike Smile
cameracat 11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
20 May 2011 12:15PM
They either pay the proper wages, Or learn to do their own dirty work like everyone else.....Tongue

Good on the Philipino Government for standing up for their people, Even those working abroad.....Grin

Its about time our government took notice of such actions, Rather than selling us out to all and sundry, Or finding more ways to " Rip Us Off "....Sad

Schitte shovelling ain't as cheap as it used to be.....Wink
mikehit Plus
5 7.4k 11 United Kingdom
20 May 2011 12:22PM
What I don't understand from this description is how the Filipino Governemnt fits into this.


Quote:The Philippines ...will not be sending new domestic helpers until the dispute is solved


I always thought this was someone in Philippines wanting to work in Saudi Arabia and going there. But is the govt more active than that? But good on 'em anyway for making sure their nationals don't get paid a stupidly low wage. I have spoken to several Brits who work in Saudi and Filipinos are generally treated appallingly as it is, and reducing salaries in this way is a true insult. I mean, its not as if they are a poor country!
Carabosse Plus
12 39.7k 269 England
20 May 2011 12:26PM
What happens if a Phillipino person is prepared to accept the lower wages? Will their government prevent them from travelling to Saudi?
devlin 4 651 39 India
20 May 2011 12:42PM

Quote:What happens if a Phillipino person is prepared to accept the lower wages? Will their government prevent them from travelling to Saudi?



Philippines labor laws are very tough and yes if you get a job overseas and it doesn't meet their minimum standards the govt doesn't allow you to travel so a company looking to source employees from this country needs to meet these criteria else the person cant travel.
Carabosse Plus
12 39.7k 269 England
20 May 2011 12:43PM

Quote:Philippines labor laws are very tough and yes if you get a job overseas and it doesn't meet their minimum standards the govt doesn't allow you to travel


Sounds like a police state!
devlin 4 651 39 India
20 May 2011 1:01PM

Quote:Philippines labor laws are very tough and yes if you get a job overseas and it doesn't meet their minimum standards the govt doesn't allow you to travel

Sounds like a police state!



Not necessarily my company does a lot of work out of the Philippines, some of the provisions in their labor laws are very employee friendly this particular clause is to ensure there is no labor exploitation as is the case in some of the other countries from where labor is sourced for countries like Saudi Arabia and the Gulf in general.
Carabosse Plus
12 39.7k 269 England
20 May 2011 1:17PM
It would still worry me if the UK government said to to me: "Sorry you can't take that job over there- we don't think it pays enough".

My reaction would be: "It's none of your ******* business!!
mikehit Plus
5 7.4k 11 United Kingdom
20 May 2011 2:03PM
The difference is that many UK people who go abroad for another job do so for a job that has a decent salary. In Philippines (and other Asian countries) many people like those doing work in Saudi will travel abroad for any sort of salary because even this salary of $400/m is likely better than they can earn at home - and in many cases they try to send as much of their money home as possible to help their family. And they do it in such numbers as to be exploited.
20 May 2011 2:08PM
Wont make any difference ,there's enough labour from Indian, Pakistan etc to fill any potential gap. They get away with it because they can. Only when they cant get the labour at these prices then the choice is to do it themselves... and they wont Wink
CathyT 9 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
20 May 2011 2:20PM
I was in Cape Town while the footy stadium was being built and strangely the labour force was Philippino rather than black South African...didn't make sense really considering the local unemployment and huge labour force of willing workers.
Paul Morgan 13 16.4k 6 England
20 May 2011 5:31PM
Its a funny old world, the new Wembley stadium was built by an Australian company using quite a few Australian workers.

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