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Saudi employers will not join a social insurance scheme providing coverage for them and their Sri Lankan domestic workers, until issues over its implementation are resolved. This has been agreed by the island nation’s umbrella recruitment body after requests from the Saudi Embassy in Colombo.
The insurance scheme provides protection for both employers and workers traveling to the Kingdom for the first time. For domestic workers it includes payouts for death, disability, abuse and nonpayment of salaries. For Saudi employers, there are payouts for recruitment costs and air tickets if workers abandon their jobs.

The Saudi Embassy in Colombo had specifically urged the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment not to insist on the new scheme, the International Social Security Program, which was launched on April 2 for new domestic workers and house drivers.

Sami Attar Establishment is the local partner for the program in the Kingdom. The company also has an office in Colombo.

At a meeting held last week at the Council of Saudi Chambers, chairman of the Saudi National Recruitment Committee Saad Al-Baddah said his committee had earlier agreed on the implementation of the insurance policy.

However, he was not satisfied with the approval process. The policy should protect the rights of citizens and government agencies should have been consulted prior to its implementation, Al-Baddah said. (Source: Arab News)
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  • kumudu Thursday, 09 May 2013 02:47 PM

    .SLBFE fees 60% goes back to agencies in Three months. It’s a racket not just now. On stage against sending domestic servants. By the state they are our saviours.

    Santhosha Thursday, 09 May 2013 03:12 PM

    Its a very good question Sim. Who is getting the benefit of the SLBFE insurance ? Is it the housemaids, other categories who are employed abroad or the politicians to purchase vehicles and other perks?

    dd Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:43 AM

    why wht hapend to our emp bureu money we pay, thats for whom

    xlntgson Friday, 10 May 2013 03:40 AM

    Pirisudu hakura kivvalu balanda giya rajatumata, 'kiyana kota ohoma tamai, karana kota mehema tamai, rajatumani.'

    Sim Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:22 AM

    We pay SLBFE Insurance fees before we go abroad which is valid for 2 years. What benefit do we get from SLBFE?


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