Thou­sands of work­ers re­ceive un­paid wages

10,500 work­ers re­ceived un­paid wages

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­mail@7days.ae

Em­ploy­ers across the UAE have been forced to pay up un­paid wages to thou­sands of work­ers af­ter the author­i­ties in­ter­vened.

The Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and Emi­rati­sa­tion re­vealed it has helped re­store fi­nan­cial dues owed to 10,500 work­ers over the first nine months of 2016.

A to­tal of 409,000 work­ers were vis­ited by in­spec­tors from the min­istry dur­ing the 2,200 vis­its con­ducted from the be­gin­ning of the year.

The in­spec­tion teams vis­ited 598 es­tab­lish­ments, 740 labour ac­com­mo­da­tions and 870 work­sites across the UAE to en­sure firms were pro­vid­ing de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion to work­ers and pay­ing their wages in time.

Ma­her Al Obed, As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for In­spec­tion Af­fairs, told 7DAYS: “The gen­eral in­spec­tors, which had been sta­tioned in 12 teams, un­earthed a va­ri­ety of vi­o­la­tions within 122 fa­cil­i­ties.

“These vi­o­la­tions re­ported wage non-com- pli­ance, salary de­lays, avoid over­time pays, dis­re­spect pub­lic hol­i­day at­ten­dance com­pen­sa­tions. “Fines will also rise to Dhs50,000 per em­ployee for cases that are not re­solved within 60 days.”

The new de­cree will ap­ply to ev­ery com­pany em­ploy­ing more than 100 peo­ple.

“If the com­pany fails to pay wages for 60 days from the due date, then ad­min­is­tra­tive fines shall fol­low, in ad­di­tion to reg­is­tered fines for fail­ing to pay wages a month from the due date,” said Al Obed.

For com­pa­nies em­ploy­ing fewer than 100 staff, the cur­rent reg­u­la­tions shall ap­ply, which in­clude work a ban on new work per­mits, fines and court re­fer­rals.

‘Fines will also rise to Dhs50,000 per per em­ployee for cases not re­solved within 60 days.’ – Ma­her Al Obed

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