20 firms face action for hiring illegals

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Labour (MoL) is considering imposition of stiff penalties on 20 companies for hiring illegals, according to MoL senior official.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

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Published: Wed 7 Nov 2007, 9:12 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:35 AM

Qaseem Jameel, Deputy Director of the Inspection Department in the MoL, said yesterday that during inspections last month the ministry found 26 workers, nine of them maids, working illegally in 20 firms in the capital. The inspectors visited 2,026 companies in October and checked the labour cards, health insurance papers, accommodation and records of timely payment of wages.

“We suspended the operations of 87 companies and approved of 1,415 sub-contracts after making sure provision of accommodation for workers,” said Jameel.

The ministry inspected 123 work sites to check the industrial safety measures and 78 companies to check the occupational health and safety measures.

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