(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Kuwait and the Philippines have signed an agreement regulating some working conditions for domestic workers in the Gulf state, Kuwait's state news agency KUNA reported yesterday.
The deal may end a two-month crisis sparked by reports that abuse by employers had driven several Filipinos to suicide.
The Philippines stopped sending workers to Kuwait in January after a Filipino migrant worker was found dead in a freezer.
KUNA said a deal was signed in Manila on Friday after a meeting between a visiting Kuwaiti delegation and Filipino authorities.
'The deal will ensure the rights of both employers and employees, KUNA quoted Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Consulate Affairs Sami al-Hamad as saying.
Al-Hamad said the two sides agreed that domestic workers from the Philippines will have the right to retain their passports as well as the right to refuse being transferred to other employers.There was no immediate comment from the Philippines government.
Workers in many Gulf states are employed under the sponsorship system, which gives employers the right to keep their passports and full control over their stay in the country.
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