Jobs for abandoned Filipina cleaners

DUBAI — Seventy-six of the 86 Filipina workers who were abandoned by their employers have now something to look forward to.

By Lily B. Libo-on

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Published: Thu 14 Oct 2010, 10:02 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:25 PM

Three months after being left in the dark and pushed into a corner without the basic amenities and money, the cleaners now have job offers from companies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Of the 86, 10 have opted to return to their home country.

Philippine Labour Attaché Amilhassan Amilbahar told Khaleej Times that they will start the processing for a new employer only after their present cases filed with the Ministry of Labour and the Dubai Court are closed. He said that all the companies and employment agents offering employment to the 76 Filipina cleaners are required to submit in writing their salary offer and photocopies of their company papers for review and verification.

“We have to verify the existence of the companies and their capability to provide salaries on time and other benefits to these workers. We will be very thorough in the verification because we do not want their next employment to end up in a similar situation as what they have been undergoing these past months,” Amilbahar said.

“An employment agency in Abu Dhabi has offered jobs to all the cleaners, but the offer is only Dh850. We are looking into the companies, which are offering a minimum salary of Dh1,200,” Amilbahar added.

The Philippine labour department has set the basic salary of a Filipino cleaner at Dh1,200 with food allowance, free accommodation and free transportation for work.

Currently, the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) is still awaiting for a court order, which ministry concerned will use as basis for the release of the four cheques lying in its coffers. These cheques will settle the 86 workers’ unpaid salaries, water and electric bills and the villa rent.

Since Thursday, October 7, the Filipino cleaners have been under the care of the POLO-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai.

Amilbahar has requested the authorities back in the Philippines for air tickets for those who have decided to go home. “I have made the request although their cases are still going on in the Dubai Labour Court. It will take time before the request will be approved.”

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