One third of poll respondents with maids don’t give them a day off. Dubai police has issued an awareness campaign on being more kind to maids, according to the page A6 report, ‘Treat maids with kindness — police’, published in the Nation section of Gulf News on June 18. Police want employers to be sure they pay salaries on time and give them good living conditions.
According to a Gulf News report in March, the authorities are pushing to boost the rights of domestic workers. There are currently 750,000 domestic workers in the UAE with the majority in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Maids have the right to one day off per week, 30 annual sick days and 30 days of annual leave. Employers who are not complying with the law are at risk of a Dh100,000 fine and jail time.
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