Firm taken to court for fail­ing to pay em­ploy­ees

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A con­struc­tion firm is to be pros­e­cuted af­ter a group of work­ers went to the labour min­istry hav­ing gone months with­out be­ing paid, writes Is­mail Se­bug­waawo.

Fifty labour­ers gath­ered in front of the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and Emi­rati­sa­tion of­fices in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago in protest over un­paid wages. They told of­fi­cials they were each owed thou­sands of dirhams. Of­fi­cials and police spoke to the crowd at the scene and later in­ves­ti­gated their em­ployer. The min­istry has now re­ferred the firm to court. Mohsen Al Nasi, Di­rec­tor of the In­spec­tion Depart­ment at the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and Emi­rati­sa­tion, said: “The min­istry is co­op­er­at­ing with the labour court to en­sure a quick process in mak­ing the com­pany pay all the work­ers’ un­paid wages and their end of ser­vice ben­e­fits as it can­not af­ford to em­ploy them any­more.” “We want to en­sure that work­ers’ rights are pro­tected as per the law.” He added: “All firms must en­sure they pay work­ers in time or else we shall take strict ac­tions against the vi­o­lat­ing firms.” The min­istry in Oc­to­ber im­ple­mented a new wage pro­tec­tion scheme aimed at en­sur­ing peo­ple re­ceive their salaries on time. A de­lay of 10 days or more af­ter payday trig­gers fines of Dhs5,000 for ev­ery em­ployee not paid. Af­ter 16 days, firms will be pre­vented from hir­ing new em­ploy­ees; af­ter one month au­thor­i­ties will be brought in and the com­pany and any sub­sidiaries can be pre­vented from trad­ing.

‘All firms must en­sure that they pay work­ers on time or we shall take strict ac­tion’ – In­spec­tion chief Mohsen Al Nasi

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