Ugandan domestic workers’ recruitment to begin soon

Ugandan domestic workers’ recruitment to begin soon
Updated 20 December 2015

Ugandan domestic workers’ recruitment to begin soon

Ugandan domestic workers’ recruitment to begin soon

JEDDAH: Work on the electronic system for recruiting domestic workers in Uganda has been completed and the recruitment process will start in the next few days, Rashid bin Yahya Symodo, the country’s ambassador has said.
“The agreement between the two countries stipulates that the recruiting process should maintain the rights of all parties,” the envoy was quoted as saying by local media on Saturday.
He said the electronic recruitment process will contribute to delivering workers within a month in addition to commitment to the recruitment costs stipulated in the agreement.
Symodo said news that the Ugandan Parliament didn’t approve the agreement for recruiting domestic labor to Saudi Arabia is not true. Parliament has not opposed the agreement, otherwise it would not have been signed on behalf of the Ugandan government, he said.
“I would like to point out that rumors about some Ugandans being cannibals are baseless. Uganda is a safe country. Everyone leads a normal life and can stay out even till late in the night safely. There are no curfew hours and Ugandan citizens are educated and these rumors are not true,” he said.
The envoy said that there are licensed 36 recruitment offices and all their data has been supplied to the Saudi Ministry of Labor. Each office signs with three Saudi offices, taking the number of Saudi offices that are eligible for recruitment to 108 offices, he said.
He said a number of Ugandan maids are being trained in high quality offices to prepare them for work in Saudi Arabia.
“They are trained in household work and on how to deal with Saudi families, in addition to other tasks. Ugandan workers can aslo speak English fluently,” he said.
According to the agreement, the minimum price is SR750 per month and the salary will be according to sectors, expertise and educational level.
Symodo confirmed that the agreement protects workers’ rights and enhances their protection according to the rules and regulations in Saudi Arabia. It includes offering aid around the clock for workers, in addition to confirming an eight-hour break, and a day off each week.