There’s al­ways a rea­son why em­ploy­ees ab­scond

7 Days in Dubai - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Dear em­ploy­ers, (It is ‘ab­so­lutely il­le­gal’ for some­one to hold pass­ports, 7DAYS Let­ters), em­ploy­ing some­one doesn’t mean you own them. What­ever you pay for the cost of the em­ployee is the cost of em­ploy­ing some­one here. Ev­ery­one pays for staff, big or small busi­nesses. When you have a busi­ness here and hire peo­ple then this is the cost. It’s not some spe­cial case where only you pay. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, staff don’t just up and run away for no rea­son but your anger should be di­rected at in­flex­i­bil­ity of visas and ‘labour bans’, not ac­tual hu­mans who work for com­pa­nies who are en­ti­tled to do as they please. I have never known any­one ab­scond for noth­ing. It’s usu­ally a last re­sort be­cause com­pa­nies re­tain pass­ports or won’t give them pay and they have no other way out. Maybe they want to re­sign but the com­pany won’t let them … well too bad. OD UAE 10,000 dirham fine with six months jail term fol­lowed by de­por­ta­tion… prob­lem solved! Con­rad Dubai are in a par­tic­u­lar area. So, if all rents go up they re­flect this. They don’t seem to ac­tu­ally pro­vide any checks and bal­ances just in­form ev­ery­one ‘yep, it’s even more ex­pen­sive now, thanks’ – cheers, for that!

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