Workers could face a ban if they resign

Construction workers who resign without completing their probation period will face a ban preventing them from working in the country for one year, according to a source at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

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By  Rhys Jones Published  April 17, 2004

Construction workers who resign without completing their probation period will face a ban preventing them from working in the country for one year, according to a source at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The legislation gives the employer the right to terminate the contract of the employee during the non-renewable probation period, (which could extend to six months and should not be less than three months) without notice. However, the sponsor has no actual say in determining whether to impose a ban or not. “There is a common misconception, where people think that the sponsor has the right to impose a ban on his employees,” said the ministry source. “This right rests with the authorities [which] can impose such a ban on the employees as it not permissible for the employers to exercise this privilege against their employees,” he added. The move aims to stabilise the labour market and ensure that relations between employees and the employers improve after a spate of problems in recent weeks. It also helps in ensure well-established labour relations between the employee and the employer. However, employers still have to shoulder the expense of air tickets home for the employee and settle the entitlements for work done.

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