Forum calls for changes in rules of recruitment

An overhaul in the way recruitment agencies operate was called for at the Gulf Forum on Temporary Contractual Labour, which was recently held in Abu Dhabi.

BIG QUESTIONS: The Gulf Forum on Temporary Contractual Labour was convened last month.
BIG QUESTIONS: The Gulf Forum on Temporary Contractual Labour was convened last month.

An overhaul in the way recruitment agencies operate was called for at the Gulf Forum on Temporary Contractual Labour, which was recently held in Abu Dhabi.

Many recommendations targeting recruitment agencies in sending and receiving countries were formulated, which included holding them accountable for the workers under national law -whether in countries of origin or destination.

Recommendations also included making induction and counselling programs to contractual workers mandatory in countries of origin.

 

The programs would include guidelines about the countries of destination, including language, cultural and legal aspects.

Recruitment agencies in both sending and receiving countries have also been invited to the global forum on migration, to be held in Manila in October, to discuss their role.

Speaking to Construction Week, Alex Zalami, advisor to UAE minister of labour, international affairs said: "Other recommendations include the enhancement of partnerships between countries of origin and destination.

"This would be on the basis of congruence of interests of all those who hold a stake in the success of temporary contractual labour, to ensure that workers are protected against illegal or unfair recruitment practices and to make sure that they make informed decisions when engaging in the offered employment.

"It has also been decided to uphold the protection of workers under the national laws of countries of destination during the period of temporary residence.

"This includes areas such as health and safety, accommodation, decent work environment and protection of wages, as laid out by the relevant international labour standards.

"It also includes considering means to allow for a successful reintegration of the workers in their countries of origin at the end of the employment cycle."

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