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A man from Kashmir took a flight from London and reached his home, where he was beaten badly in public.
UAE revised the standard domestic worker’s contract to require a weekly day off and eight hours of rest in any 24-hour period. But HRW said the contract did not address other issues, such as limits on working hours, and was weaker than labour law protection for other workers. There are approximately 7.3 million migrant workers across all industries in the UAE.
An unpublished draft law on domestic workers has been pending since 2012 but, according to media reports, its contents would still fall short of the protection afforded to other workers.
“A lack of political will may leave the law suspended for even longer,” Begum said. “Pressure from the international community, including labour-sending countries, and the UAE’s allies, such as the UK, the US and regional bodies such as the EU, would help to push the authorities to enact the law in line with international standards,” Begum said.
The authorities lacked the political will to give domestic workers the same rights as other migrant workers because their work was devalued, she added. For example, reforms to the kafala system allowed other migrant workers to transfer to a different employer in the event of a breach of contractual obligations.
While some employers have been prosecuted for murder or extreme physical abuse, migrant workers face many legal and practical obstacles if they decide to take action. Sometimes, they could face charges of “absconding”, an administrative offence, for leaving their employers without consent before the end of their contracts. Employers have also be known to file trumped-up charges of theft against workers who have fled.
There have been some efforts to educate employers in the UAE, but Begum said they were misguided.
“The Abu Dhabi judicial department, through statements and television adverts, has warned employers that if they don’t treat their workers well they may harm them or their children, and commit crimes such as theft or sorcery. This simply feeds into negative stereotypes of workers and can catalyse mistreatment of workers by their employers.”
HRW said the workers’ countries of origin also did not protect them against deceitful recruitment practices, or provide enough assistance to those women who tried to escape from their abusive employers. Some countries have imposed temporary bans on migration to the UAE for domestic work, while others, such as the Philippines, insist on minimum salaries and conditions from employers and recruitment agencies. However, such measures are sometimes temporary.
“Where some countries stop their domestic workers from migrating to the UAE, other countries fill the gap, in a race to the bottom that jeopardises workers,” Begum said.