Nepal: New labour agreement requires Omani employers bear recruitment, migration & health costs for migrant workers

Author: Himalayan News Service, Published on: 16 May 2019

"Nepal, Oman to finalise labour pact next week", 1 May 2019

The government plans to formally sign an agreement with Oman for recruitment of Nepali workers... Omani companies would bear the recruitment service charge, two-way airfare, visa fee, health check-up fee and the security screening charge, among others... Nepal had signed MoUs with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman in 2008... Nepal and the UAE agreed to sign a revised labour agreement last week. As per the agreement signed with the UAE, [Oman] should hire Nepalis at zero cost, employer firms should pay salaries through banking channel by 10th day of the month, workers will get medical and work insurance coverage, a new ‘standard employment contract’ will be developed, workers will be entitled to 90 days of sick leave in a year, equal treatment will be given to Nepali migrant workers with regard to health insurance, accident insurance and security, among others. Also, special arrangements will be made for Nepali women migrant workers by the UAE.

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