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22 February 2024

Forum discusses ways to protect rights of workers

By Mohammed Al Sadafy

The UAE has always strived to provide a secure work environment for all those who choose to work in the Emirates, the Labour Minister said at an international workshop to address workers' rights held in Dubai.

Saqr Ghobash called on 'labour-exporting' countries to discuss issues concerning workers and sought their help in addressing illegal practices, if any, in the employment procedures.

The workshop focussed on discussing the best procedures to be adopted to address the challenges associated with the process of recruiting workers from abroad.

All countries sending their people here to work must strengthen their legislations and protect the rights of workers by undertaking bilateral and multilateral agreements, he added.

He was addressing the two-day international workshop on "practices to attract workers for the purpose of sending out" organised by the ministry at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai in cooperation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the

Offices of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

There are more than 15 million workers from outside employed in the UAe, it was revealed at the workshop.

Seveal participants called for contracts between workers and recruitment organisations should be in the language understood by labourers. This is one way whereby they understand the terms and conditions of their employement, including the facilities extended to them.

The minister said work procedures of employment agencies must be streamlined to promote transparency and productivity among workers.

He apprecaited the efforts taken by several nations in upgrading their laws to protect people who seek to work outside.

Several high-level dignitaries including representatives from the GCC countries, Nepal, the Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia attened the two-day forum.