The ministry of labor said Saudi would “stop issuing work visas to bring domestic workers from Indonesia and the Philippines, effective from Saturday,” because of the terms of recruitment announced by the two countries, Inquirer said.
On the one hand, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has recently denounced the beheading of a maid in Saudi Arabia and accused Riyadh of breaking the ‘norms and manners’ of international relations, displaying its anger over the treatment of its manual laborers.
On the other hand, the Philippines also clashed with Saudi Arabia over demands to raise salary of housemaids from $210 to $400 which was turned down by the oil-rich kingdom.
Philippines government spokesman Edwin Lacierda told a news conference, labor officials would look for other markets for workers if the ban grinds to full implementation to reduce to minimum the impact to economy.
There were some 1.3 million Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia today.