The number of Sri Lankan housemaids working in the UAE and other Gulf Countries will gradually decrease as the country aims at focus more on exporting skilled labour force.
Even as they are unofficially discouraging it citizens to take up housemaid jobs abroad, the Sri Lanka authorities are currently chalking out plans to implement this policy officially, reported The Gulf Today.
According to a top government representative visiting the Emirates, the government is exploring the skilled labour market as it aims to organize the labour force and train its citizens in different skills.
Dilan Perera, Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare of Sri Lanka, said that the authorities are unofficially discouraging the citizens to take up housemaid jobs abroad, as the country gradually trains the people for more skilled and dignified professional opportunities.
“The title and job description of the domestic workers also have to be upgraded from ‘housemaid’ to ‘housekeeper’ in accordance with training them scientifically. There’s also a long-term term plan for demanding compulsory minimum wage system for the migrant Lankan workforce abroad,” the minister indicated.
“An innovative mechanism is currently being developed in Sri Lanka to implement job-specific, country-specific and company-specific training programmes for the citizens, who seek foreign opportunities,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of Sri Lanka Employment Promotion Seminar staged in Dubai on Sunday.
So being a housemaid is an undignified job? What then are dignified jobs? If we label jobs like housemaids, taxi drivers, construction workers and the like as undignified there will be no progress in the Sri Lankan economy.
xai bai Monday, 16 May 2011 06:41 AM
Excellant Move !!! WONDERFUL
1shot Monday, 16 May 2011 07:13 AM
good move if it can be properly implemented.
faqi Monday, 16 May 2011 07:18 AM
At last the GOSL has seen the light, its never too late to stop housemaids going to middle eastern countries.
Dushantha Monday, 16 May 2011 07:34 AM
'Housemaid' or 'Housekeeper' is not a underestimated Job as most of us if we go to western countries would do any job. But in middle east the situation is different as we hear, So it is good move by the government to discourage likewise.
siripala Monday, 16 May 2011 07:57 AM
Housemaid is an dignified job in SL and western countries, but it is not so in Arab region. More to be done to raise the dignity and it is good direction by the minister
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