New law boost for labourers
The effects of new rules that make it easier to switch jobs are already being seen in the labour market, an official has said. Workers with fixed-term contracts are now free to move to a new job once their contract has expired to boost mobility in the labour market, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said yesterday. The free mobility of workers is part of guidelines and conditions of a new decree that came into effect earlier this year. News agency WAM said the announcement was made at end of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue Forum, a multilateral forum of Asian laboursending and receiving countries held in Dubai on May 11 and 12. Officials have hailed the new rules, stressing that they are more transparent and would further guarantee the welfare of labourers. “New work permits will be granted to an employee at the end of his fixed-term contract, which allows him to move to other organisations if he chooses,” said Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation , during the meeting.