Advertisement

UAE shows the way in protecting labour force

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The UAE is again leading by example in the region. A report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted its proactive nature in addressing measures to protect its expatriate labour force.

Some of the documented woes of blue-collar workers, who repeatedly sought justice against misdemeanours committed by their employers — like being exposed to poor practices; withholding of travel documents; human trafficking and non-payment of wages — have been dealt with through reforms in legislation and instant execution of such changes.

The outcome has been significant and in favour of a section of employees who are a permanent part of the UAE workforce. The country not only reiterates its respect for labour rights as a philosophy, but also puts it into action for the well-being of the labour force. These positive measures will have constructive, long-term implications for the UAE as a country of choice when it comes to attracting an international workforce. It will also help in securing the appreciation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The UAE has already ratified nine major ILO conventions related to the rights of workers.

Violators have felt the force of the law when cases have been transferred to the country’s courts. Suitable penalties have been imposed and these will act as a deterrent for those who flout the law. The bad news for those who indulge in corrupt practices is that the government will continue to adopt a strong stance against them.

Advertisement
By Gulf News

Gulf News 2014. All rights reserved.

Advertisement

Most Popular

In the last 24 hours

Advertisement

People In The News

Advertisement