31. Who is a domestic worker?
According to ILO convention No. 189; Migrant domestic workers (also known as foreign home care workers, foreign domestic workers, foreign domestic helpers, transnational domestic workers, foreign domestic employees, overseas domestic workers and domestic migrant workers) are, a person who is hired to carry out household chores in the employer’s home.
32. Is domestic work also work?
33. Do domestic workers have rights?
Yes, they have to Human rights just like any other person. According to UN: “Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, without distinction as to race, colour, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. All human rights, whether they are civil and political rights, such as the right to life, equality before the law and freedom of expression; economic, social and cultural rights, such as the rights to work, social security and education, or collective rights, such as the rights to development and self-determination are indivisible, interrelated and interdependent. The improvement of one right facilitates advancement of the others.”
34. What are the obligations of a domestic worker?
The general obligations are to carry out routine house quires. In many cases they are employed for specific quires like cleaning or gardening.
35. To which countries does Uganda export domestic workers?
Currently Saudi Arabia and Jordan. However, the government keeps on adding more countries with time.
36. If I am mistreated can I run from that home?
Running away is not an option. The first step is to talk to your employer, if it fails to call the local office or home (UGANDA) office or to go to the office. If it’s an emergency then report to police.
37. How much is salary?
The salary is normally fixed between Uganda and foreign government. It differs from country to country. It must be in the employment contract.
38. If I am not paid salary what can I do?
Ask from the employer. If it fails report to your local or foreign office by the most appropriate means like phone. Salary should be paid according to the contract terms otherwise it’s a breach of contract.
39. How long is domestic work contract?
Normally two years
40. Are there any implications if I choose not to complete my contract?
Yes, that is a breach of contract. There are normally penalties to pay. Most countries will ban you from going back.
41. Do I have medical insurance?
Yes, this is a must
42. Can my employer/sponsor give me to another boss?
No unless with the consent of the recruitment agency with your consent
43. What are the typical challenges of foreign domestic workers?
From experience they include:
- Working beyond contract hours
- Delayed salary
- Denial or over restriction on communication back home
- Slow cultural appreciation for example dress code and restriction of movement.
44. How much do I pay to get work for domestic work?
45. How long does the process take to travel?
Minimum of two months
46. What is GCC medical?
It’s a mandatory medical test as approved by the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries. Certain medical tests must be done.
47. Who is a sponsor?
This is your employer
48. Can I fall in love abroad with house member?
No this is not allowed
49. Can I do family planning before I leave for work abroad?
50. After successful completion of my contract, can I still go back to work?
Yes, contract completion is a pre requisite for contract renewal