UAE companies to bear the recruitment charges, two-way airfare, visa,medical,security screening & levy charges of Nepali worker
Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to sign a revised labour agreement on Thursday. As per the new agreement, the UAE government has agreed to hire Nepali workers at zero cost. The employer companies will have to bear the recruitment service charges, two-way airfare, visa fee, health check-up fee and also the security screening and levy charges of Nepali migrants, among others.
• UAE to hire Nepalis at zero cost
• Employer firms to pay salaries through banking channel by 10th day of the month
• Workers to get medical and work insurance coverage
• A new ‘standard employment contract’ to be developed
• Workers entitled to 90 days of sick leave in a year
• Equal treatment to Nepali migrant workers with regard to health insurance, accident insurance and security, among others
• Special arrangements for Nepali women migrant workers
• No need for no-objection letter to return home
The revised agreement also states that employer companies will have to pay the salaries of workers through the banking channel and the pay must be deposited by the 10th day of the month. The firms will also have to bear all expenses related to accommodation, health check-up and security, among others, during the contract period.
Similarly, an employment and Social Security, informed that a new mechanism called ‘wages protection system’ has been developed, which will be monitored through a joint mechanism that will be established after the pact is signed.
“If the employer firms do not pay the wages by the 10th day of the month, the joint mechanism will take action against the erring firms,” he added.
Moreover, two types of an insurance system — medical and work — have been included in the revised agreement. Under the medical insurance, the worker will be given coverage for general medical expenses, while work insurance will cover the expenses incurred if a worker dies in the destination and the dead body has to be brought to Nepal.
Both the governments have also agreed to frame a new ‘standard employment contract’ that will clearly mention the entity that will be responsible for any kind of accident or unforeseen incident. Likewise, a worker will also be entitled to a 90-day leave if they fall sick. Of the 90 days leave, the employer firm will have to pay full salary of first 30 days to the concerned worker and half the salary for the next 15 days.
The remaining 45 days will be taken as unpaid leave. Moreover, the employer company will not be allowed to sack any worker within those 90 days.
The agreement has also mentioned that the UAE government will provide equal treatment to Nepali migrant workers with regard to health insurance, accident insurance and security, among others.