Saudi Arabia puts in place measures to protect Kenyans seeking employment

Saudi Arabia puts in place measures to protect Kenyans seeking employment after the plight of several Kenyans facing mistreatment in the Gulf countries.

Following the outrage over reports of mistreatment and strange deaths of domestic employees in the gulf nation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has implemented strict regulations to ensure the safety of Kenyan workers.

The establishment of a wage protection program and a distress alarm line for law enforcement officials are two of the new measures, according to a statement from Kenya’s Ministry of Labour.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development in Saudi Arabia also established a protection and assistance section to address complaints from migrant workers, employment firms, and embassies.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia implemented measures to complement the programs, such as the launch of a labor reform project that permitted workers to switch companies if they encountered any type of harassment.

The labor laws also specify the precise steps that must be followed for immigrant workers to terminate or extend a contract.

Other initiatives include turning on the mechanism for alternative dispute resolution, which enables matters to be reported to court to be settled in three weeks.

A framework for oversight and community feedback has also been established by the Kenyan government to enable ongoing oversight of private employment firms.

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This would help to ensure moral hiring practices and filter out dishonest agencies. Kenyans were advised by the government to only work with accredited agencies in this regard.

Additionally, before they sign a contract, the recruitment agencies must inform Kenyans looking for work in the Gulf countries of the new regulations.

A online portal and a toll-free number, 0800222223  have also been established for reporting incidents of migrant workers in distress.

The new measures by Saudi Arabia to protect Kenyans come after the plight of several Kenyans facing mistreatment in the Gulf countries was highlighted. 

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