Muhaimin Discusses Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia
Tuesday, 08 November, 2011 | 14:23 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Negotiations between the Indonesian and Saudi Arabian governments on migrant workers issues continues as delegates from both governments met today.
Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar met Saudi Arabia’s Labor Minister Adel Muhammad Fakieh at Mecca’s Kempinski hotel. Both agreed to discuss ways to improve manpower collaboration, placement protection for migrant workers and a future MoU.
“The meeting is a momentum for both countries to manage the collaboration in the field of manpower, especially the protection and placement aspects for migrant workers in the domestic sector,” said Muhaimin before the meeting.
Muhaimin called on Saudi Arabia to set a policy that would protect the rights of Indonesian migrant workers, such as insurance. “Insurance must be part of the agreement and must be implemented soon,” he added.
Concerning the problems that Indonesian migrant workers face in the Gulf nation, the Indonesian government has ruled that migrant worker service offices must be opened in Saudi Arabia. “Both countries will open two representative offices that will meet four times a year,” he said.
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