Dubai inspectors to crack down on firms violating midday breaks

Violating companies will be fined Dh5,000 per worker and a maximum of Dh50,000 if the case involves a large number of workers

  
A man rests during sunset after a long and hot summer day at Dubai's popular Jumeirah beach. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A man rests during sunset after a long and hot summer day at Dubai's popular Jumeirah beach. Image used for illustrative purpose.

REUTERS/Anwar Mirza

Monday, Jun 12, 2017

Dubai: As the midday break for workers is set to start on June 15, nearly seven inspectors’ patrols will be visiting construction sites in Dubai to check any violation, an official said on Monday.

Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Surour, Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs (PCLA), said the government is committed to ensuring compliance of regulations governing the workers’ rights and ensuring their health by following international best practices.

“We will have seven patrols inspecting the construction sites to make sure no one forcing the workers to work during midday break between 12:30pm and 3pm,” Major General Bin Surour said.

A mandatory midday break for workers will start on June 15 and end on September 15.

Violating companies will be fined Dh5,000 per worker and a maximum of Dh50,000 if the case involves a large number of workers. The company can be degraded and possibly even temporarily stopped from operating for violating the rules.

Working hours will be divided into two shifts, morning and evening, with a total of eight hours daily. Workers who are required to work extra hours should be compensated for it according to the rules and regulations.

“We are keen to protect the workers’ rights and to provide a safe work environment to them. If we find a company violating the rules, it will be fined,” he added.

The PCLA chairman said they have launched awareness campaigns for workers and owners about the midday break rules.

By Ali Al Shouk Staff Reporter

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