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UAE maid rules 'stacked against sponsors'
Employers of housekeepers say no regulations to protect their time and money
I think the authorities should make part-time maids legal. They should be sponsored by an agency who is licensed to recruit maids and they should be legally allowed to work as part-time maid. This way employers will not be able to harass them or abuse them as also they will not be encouraged to run away from the authorities. I have a part-time paid who does the cleaning and looking after children and she really does her job well.
Reny, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
It's so true! In the news we constantly hear, that ''bad'' employer treats her/his house maid horribly. But it's not always the case! I live in Jumeirah and many ''democratic'' expat families have problems with their housemaids. Me and my husband faced it too. Sadly, housemaid from Philipines were drama makers. But the housemaid from Sri Lanka surprised us too. At the time we interviewed her, she was divorced with married kids and dying to work in our house. Though, after a month, her grown-up daughter was asking her to come back to Sri Lanka, her ex-husband came to Dubai and was insisting to live with our housemaid and she started to make fuss about many household procedures (cooking, cleaning etc). Now, after few months of ''work'' she is asking for release and I wonder, what is her logic? What do those people want to do in their life? I sometimes realize, that better you treat the domestic helpers (by not pressing them during work hours, giving them a time to adjust, providing absolute freedom at the their own time)- worse they treat you, taking your kindness for granted. I really wish, the housemaids to be imposed to pay a fine once they fail to perform the commitments they gave while signing the contract!
Sophia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
I had a maid who left after a week she came and wanted to go the same day she arrived here.after spending nearly Dh10,000.
muiz, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates
This is so very true! Just what I always wanted to say. I am a working mom and I have been hiring housemaids locally and for the past three years from my home country. We have to bear and tolerate so many things with them - financially, socially etc. In spite of all this, they don't show a drop of gratitude to us. The Embassy is always in favor of them. We are asked to give a huge deposit, then so many other paper works, formalities and related costs with those. So much of our time and money is spent in that for which no voice is raised. I really wonder at times how couples earning lesser salaries manage with their children in Dubai.
SS, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
I have got a 50 year old maid at my house, staying with us since 6 months. She keeps on demanding more and more money, which I did give her till last month, even though she was not good at her work. But when I realized she was stealing money and telling lies all the time, I denied to give her advance salary for 4 months as she had demanded. She started harassing us by putting too much chilly powder in the food, hiding things we need, damaging home appliances, breaking crockery, etc. I treated her like member of our family, but now I know we will invite trouble if we do so. so I feel its high time authorities make it legal to appoint part time workers.
Haritha, dubai, United Arab Emirates
What is reported by gulf new is less, children's are beaten like a hell by housemaids , I personally knew as it happened to my friend, I had housemaid she was puffing in balcony when my 2 month old was left inside house unattended. Many of them are calling their boyfriends when everybody is outside for office..... there are many horrific stories..... These house maid are night mare , you are lucky if u get a good maid.
zia, dxb, United Arab Emirates
Consider the amount of paperwork that the employer has to handle in order to even start the visa process of a maid and you will realize that it is pure torture and no less. No wonder people here opt to employ maids illegally. It is high time concerned authorities started looking into the procedures and made adequate amendments to support employers who want to employ maids through proper channels. I mean what does an attested affection plan for your apartment have to do with having a maid? Please make it easier for people who wish to employ maids to take up visas. That way govt. can look forward to having much fewer people opting for illegal means.
Laxmi Nair, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Over and above all reported by all aggrieved, I have been blacklisted from employing a maid. She ran away for no reason and the Indian Consulate treats us as if we were at fault. High time they be fair to both the housemaids as well as the sponsor.
J George, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We support the govt law to protect the housemaid but we should also be given protection as employers. The fee we pay for a housemaid is too high, it is about time to re-look at these figures.... it is too much.
Charm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The worst is I spenta lot of money to bring a maid on my sponsorship through agency from philphines and she came for 31 days and send her back.
steeven, dubai, United Arab Emirates
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