Domestic servants not allowed to work in sponsors’ companies

ABU DHABI —A top official of the Ministry of Labour (MoL) has advised sponsors of private drivers, farm workers and domestic servants not to use their services for their companies without cancelling their previous visa and getting a new work permit for them.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

Published: Mon 7 Jul 2008, 8:34 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:07 PM

Obaid Rashid Al Zahmi, assistant under-secretary of the ministry, said at the ‘Open Day’ in the capital yesterday that private drivers or domestic servants can be hired for the company only after canceling the visa issued by the Naturalisation and Residency Department as domestic servant and getting a new work permit from the Ministry of Labour.

He was talking to a company owner who wanted the transfer of his private driver's sponsorship to his company. Al Zahmi agreed to transfer the sponsorship of the driver in case the sponsorship visa from the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department (ADNRD) is cancelled.

"In such case, after cancelling the private driver's visa, the owner is allowed to complete the formalities such as the medical check-up of worker, payment of the labour card fees and signing of a new labour contract with the driver as an employee of the company," Al Zahmi said.

The procedure is aimed at protecting the labour rights and ensuring that domestic servants are not hired in the companies owned by their sponsors.

Al Zahmi warned that any sponsor of domestic servants or drivers who is found using these employees in his company would face punishment by the Ministry of Labour according to a ministerial decision taken in September 2007. According to the labour law, any worker cannot work for more than one company.

The weekly ‘open day’ session at the ministry was attended by more than 50 applicants.

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