Eti­salat says ter­mi­na­tions nec­es­sary

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Eti­salat said it is com­mit­ted to the Emi­rati­sa­tion pro­gramme af­ter one Federal Na­tional Coun­cil (FNC) mem­ber ques­tioned the sack­ing of eight Emi­ratis. Khalid Ali bin Zayed said he had heard about the ter­mi­na­tions be­tween 2014 and 2016 and raised the is­sue in the cham­ber yes­ter­day. In re­sponse, a let­ter from Saleh Al Ab­dooli, CEO of Eti­salat, to the FNC stated that the eight had not com­plied with com­pany’s rules and poli­cies. He also de­tailed how many UAE na­tion­als had been taken on by the tele­coms firm be­tween 2014 and this year. He said: “We have hired 218 Emi­ratis for var­i­ous po­si­tions dur­ing the same pe­riod. “I want to con­firm to you that res­ig­na­tion by UAE cit­i­zens is far less in Eti­salat than any­where else in pub­lic jobs.” In the let­ter, he said the firm has also ter­mi­nated con­tracts for 806 ex­pat work­ers over the past two years and that these have been re­placed with 435 oth­ers with more ex­per­tise and tech­no­log­i­cal skills. Al Ab­dooli said: “We are hir­ing many for­eign ex­perts with tech­no­log­i­cal and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion skills be­cause we don’t have a lot of them here.”

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