Thousands of workers receive unpaid wages
10,500 workers received unpaid wages
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