PRABHAKAR GHIMIREEmployers may turn to less labor-intensive options
KATHMANDU, Jan 4: Over the years, the Nepal government has had the minimum pay for Nepali overseas workers in three countries- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait -raised. The minimum salary for workers employed in Qatar was already specified by the government a couple of years back.
With effect from New Year´s Day 2013, the Malaysian government set the minimum salary for both domestic and migrant workers, and this translated into a significant hike in their pay scales.
The moves by both originating and host countries to jack up the remuneration of workers are welcome, and are expected to ensure better earnings, and eventually higher savings. Nepali unskilled workers, who were paid meagerly, have benefitted from the rise in minimum salary.
Nepali workers are comparatively less skilled than those supplied by other countries, something which has weakened their bargaining power with their employers.