Friday, April 19, 2013

Employers of Ethiopian maids in UAE urged to inform embassy

//Apr 19, 2013, DUBAI// --The Ethiopian mission has urged UAE residents who hired its nationals as domestic workers before a recruitment freeze last year to come forward. The temporary ban was announced last July until a labour deal could be struck to protect maids and domestic helpers from abusive recruiters and sponsors.

The UAE stopped issuing domestic worker visas upon Addis Ababa's request. Officials are now trying to get a picture of how many Ethiopian nationals are still employed in the UAE. "We expect the people who have hired Ethiopian maids before the ban to inform the diplomatic mission. It's very important they do that," said Mesganu Arga Moach, the Ethiopian consul general

Negotiations on a labour deal between the UAE and Ethiopia are in the "final stages", said Mr Moach. "The agreement is in the last stage of communication." Last month Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, visited Addis Ababa to discuss bilateral ties between the two countries.

"The UAE is still working on it. Sheikh Abdullah has promised to finalise it soon. During our discussions it was the most important point raised by officials and the UAE has expressed its willingness to increase the number of Ethiopian workers in the UAE. Hopefully, it will be ready soon."  Read more from The National »

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