- limit the hours of domestic workers by specifying:
-a forty hour work week, with adequate remuneration for overtime work;
-the specification of the maximum hours of work permitted per day;
-a fixed uninterrupted rest period of eight hours per day;
-a limition on the hours spent "on call" and adequate remuneration for those hours;
- ensure that minimum wage laws and regulations apply to domestic workers and that domestic workers are included within the minimum wage fixing system, having due regard to the general level of wages in the country, the cost of living, social security benefits, the relative living standards of other social groups and economic factors;
(From HRW report about Abuse In Saudi Arabia)Reports and articles to look at:
- BAD DREAMS:Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia (Human Rights Watch)
- Indonesia's abused migrant workers
"On July 1, 2003, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families* will enter into force. Its primary objective is to protect migrant workers, a particularly vulnerable population, from exploitation and the violation of their human rights...
...At present, the impact of the Convention remains limited, given that it has not been ratified by countries in either Europe or North America, where nearly 60% of the world’s migrants live (56 and 41 million respectively), nor by other major receiving countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Japan or Australia." (UNESCO)
Abuse happens worldwide, including in Europe and the US, but this is about abuse here because we live here..and it's shameful.