The diplomatic corps in the UAE has lauded it’s role in protecting rights of migrant workers and the various initiatives taken to provide a secure working environment.
Pointing to the 200-odd nationalities that work in the country, they said: “The UAE ranks among civilised nations and is a major destination for economic migrants. The UAE’s values and traditions respect individual rights and freedom.”
The government has adopted several protectionist measures such as the labour law, the Wage Protection System, and has signed a series of bilateral Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with countries including India, Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia for protecting workers’ rights, ensuring good working conditions and regulating entry into the country, they said.
Egyptian Ambassador Tamer Mansour said the Egyptian workforce receives all respect and appreciation from officials and people of the UAE. The outgoing Jordanian Ambassador, Jamal Hamed Al Shamayla, said his country’s relations with the UAE were a shining example of fraternal ties based on mutual respect and trust.
Mohammed Nazimul Qunain, Ambassador of Bangladesh, said the status of Bangladeshi workers was “quite satisfactory” while the Indian Ambassador Talmeez Ahmed praised recent measures particularly the India-UAE agreement on resolving labour disputes.”
The Charge d’Affaires of Sri Lanka, Madukande Asoka Girihagama praised UAE officials’ cooperation on labour issues while Abdul Ghafar Hussein, Chairman of UAE Human Rights Association, said the current situation of workers in the UAE was “satisfactory”.
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