New measures for agencies offering kenyans jobs abroad.
The government of Kenya through the ministry of labour, has issued new measures for agencies offering Kenyans jobs abroad.
According to recent reports, many Kenyans have been undergoing torture while working abroad.
The most recent case is that of Diana Chepkemoi who suffered infringement of her rights while she was working in Saudi Arabia.
The ministry of Labour said,”These new measures will ensure any Kenyan willing to travel and work abroad is protected.”
Among the measures is setting up a distress line that is – 0800222223 this will be a channel through which Kenyans in the Gulf will freely seek help.
The agencies will also be thoroughly checked every year, to review its work before continuing with its activities
Earlier, the Saudi Arabia embassy issued protection measures on Kenyans travelling there.
They stated that Kenyans will have to undergo an induction before signing contract of employment and stepping foot out of the country.
They stated,”In addition, the employment agencies will have to induct Kenyans through the new measures before they sign a contract.”
The ministry further stated that a protection and support department under the Ministry of Human Resources was mandated to handle complaints from migrant workers, recruitment agencies and embassies.
The embassy also allowed Kenyan employees to change employers if they are being mistreated in any way.
However, Foreign affairs cabinet secretary, Macharia stated that, Most Kenyans are not submissive when they are working abroad.
This has pushed the employers to resolve to force and punishments.
He said,”There are some places the kind of submissiveness required from domestic workers is not innate in Kenyan job seekers. Sometimes our people will not be so subservient and are very ancient when they secure jobs in countries like Saudi Arabia.”
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