You just can’t get the servants these days you know

A Kuwaiti social media star ignited a backlash after criticising a law allowing domestic workers one day off a week, prompting cosmetic brands to sever ties with her.

Sondos Alqattan, a make-up artist, had uploaded a video on social media earlier this month bemoaning new regulations that allow domestic workers a day off every week and the right to keep their passports, which employees often confiscate.

“How can you have a servant at home who has her passport with her?,” Ms Alqattan asked indignantly in a video posted on Instagram to her 2.3 million followers.

“She will have a day off a week, and work six days a week. And of course you won’t know happens on these days, while her passport is with her.”

Imagine that, eh? An entire day off a week?

6 thoughts on “You just can’t get the servants these days you know”

  1. Slaves are traditional and religiously sanctioned in those parts. Servants are a newfangled foreign idea, imperfectly grasped.

  2. Another one of those side-effects of the whole world getting richer, such that even “servants” can afford to be picky.

    Some credit does go to Indonesia who finally intervened after decades of “maid abuse” stories from the middle east. The problem for the middle east is that Indonesia and Bangladesh are about the cheapest places to import maids from nowadays, so looks like they are just going to have to grin and bear it.

    As Battery Sergeant Major Williams would have said “Oh Dear. How Sad. Never Mind”.

  3. Her objection seems to be more that the servant has a day off with her passport, so might leave the country. This really is, as Ljh said above, a lack of understanding of the difference between slaves and employed servants.

  4. IIRC, a former Duke of Devonshire complained when his second pastry chef was called up: “Can’t a man have a biscuit…?”

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