Workers can rely on govern­ment sup­port, Sheikh Ab­dul­lah says

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Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Zayed, Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co-op­er­a­tion, reaf­firmed the UAE’s com­mit­ment to pro­tect­ing the rights of workers af­fected by the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

He said the coun­try was do­ing its ut­most to sup­port workers, no mat­ter where they were from.

Sheikh Ab­dul­lah made his com­ments in a let­ter to Guy Ry­der, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Sheikh Ab­dul­lah called on all na­tions to unite against the threats posed by the pan­demic.

“The Covid-19 pan­demic threat­ens the health, safety and wel­fare of all peo­ple around the world and ne­ces­si­tates a com­pre­hen­sive global re­sponse ad­dress­ing health, labour, the econ­omy and hu­man rights,” he said.

“The UAE firmly be­lieves that the best way to ad­dress the pan­demic is through in­ter­na­tional sol­i­dar­ity and global co-op­er­a­tion.”

Pro­tect­ing the rights of all peo­ple “ir­re­spec­tive of cit­i­zen­ship or im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus” is vi­tal to tack­ling the ef­fects of the out­break on labour, he said.

The UAE Cen­tral Bank has in­tro­duced a US$27 bil­lion (Dh99.16bn) eco­nomic sup­port ini­tia­tive to ease the fi­nan­cial pres­sure on busi­nesses.

Sheikh Ab­dul­lah also out­lined mea­sures to pro­mote worker safety.

He said the UAE was col­lab­o­rat­ing with em­ploy­ers in the pri­vate sec­tor to pro­vide em­ploy­ees with pro­tec­tive equip­ment, en­sure so­cial dis­tanc­ing and en­cour­age re­mote work, as well as dis­in­fect­ing work ar­eas.

The govern­ment also is­sued in­struc­tions to be fol­lowed at pri­vate-sec­tor work­places, trans­port hubs and ac­com­mo­da­tion during the pan­demic and will con­duct in­spec­tions to en­sure the rules are fol­lowed.

A Covid-19 in­for­ma­tion cen­tre has been set up to pro­vide up­dates in Ara­bic, English, Urdu, Chi­nese, Hindi, Ben­gali and Ta­ga­log.

An outreach pro­gramme will also continue to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to workers in the coun­try about safety and health­care op­tions.

Sheikh Ab­dul­lah said the govern­ment would in­tro­duce ini­tia­tives such as the 10 Mil­lion Meals cam­paign led by Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid, Vice

Pres­i­dent and Ruler of Dubai, to help those most in need during the pan­demic.

The govern­ment re­cently en­sured the au­to­matic re­newal of work per­mits and free coro­n­avirus tests and treat­ment for those who re­quire it.

The UAE Cen­tral Bank has in­tro­duced a $27 bil­lion eco­nomic sup­port plan to help busi­nesses

Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Zayed, Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co-op­er­a­tion, is urg­ing global unity

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