200,000 registered firms never hired a single worker

DUBAI — Around 200,000 companies have opened records with the MInistry of Labour, but never recruited workers.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 2 Mar 2006, 10:06 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:24 PM

The ministry will cancel the licenses of these companies, in coordination with the Economic Department, said Humaid Bin Dimas, Assistant Undersecretary of the ministry. During the rectification grace period from January 2, the ministry stopped dealing with 65,000 companies because of their failure to rectify the status of their workers.

The ministry's computer system will automatically lift this ban at the time a company rectifies the status of all its workers. During the rectification grace period, about 100,000 expired labour cards were settled either by renewal or cancellation, Bin Dimas said.

Immediately after the expiry of the rectification grace period on March 8, the ministry will classify companies that have responded positively, he said.

"The ministry will not deal with a company if other companies owned by its proprietor have any record of violations against them," he stressed. The rectification grace period was to ensure that the ministry's computer record of a company depicts the actual status of the workers of that company, he added.

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