Em­ployer made us sign two con­tracts so they could bend rules and over­work us

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS... -

I am a wit­ness of a con­tract breach where my com­pany made me sign two set of con­tracts, the le­gal gov­ern­ment con­tract and the so-called ‘in­ter­nal con­tract’. I have ended up work­ing in an ex­cess of 14 hours per day in­stead of 8 hours. Fur­ther to that, my ba­sic salary has been slashed from Dhs1,000 to just about Dhs700. This has been a chal­lenge to me and fel­low work­mates, work­ing 72 hours per week with a peanut salary is not only in­hu­man but 21st cen­tury colo­nial­ism. UAE is a free world where dreams are achieved but am yet to ex­pe­ri­ence this, the Min­istry of Labour should work to curb this trend be­fore it gets out of hands. Anony­mous Ex­pat Dubai

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