Committee settles another wage row

Protests involving over 120 disgruntled workers eventually leads to Ministry aided settlement

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By  Rhys Jones Published  April 3, 2004

The reconciliation committee at the Labour Relations Department at the UAE Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has managed to settle a dispute between 245 labourers and their employer who had failed to pay the workers for up to eight months. In February, 120 workers from the same company gathered outside the Ministry to protest against their employer and complain about the precarious nature of the company, which faces imminent closure. Having investigated the problem, the Ministry summoned the sponsor, who promised to pay the workers back their dues in instalments. The complaints followed an agreement between workers and the company’s custody officer, who had promised to resolve the situation. However, the firms’ representative failed and the case was referred to the court, to guarantee a quick settlement. Following up the case, the Ministry stepped in to settle the dispute amicably and advised the employer to consider the rights and demands of his labourers, who had gone on strike until they were paid and the matter was resolved.

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