Govt gets strict on discrepancies in salary payment

ABU DHABI — Firms failing to pay workers’ salaries on time will be immediately referred to the labour court to ensure that the aggrieved workers get their full rights in earnest, a senior labour official said.

By Adel Arafa

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Published: Wed 29 Sep 2010, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 9:21 AM

Humaid bin Demas, acting Director General of the Ministry of Labour, told Khaleej Times that the erring companies will also be prosecuted by the criminal court with their managers facing jail terms and a fine amounting to Dh10,000 for each worker in question.

“The payment of workers’ wages is a red line that no company should be allowed to cross in the implementation of directives of the wise higher leadership, Demas said while commenting on a report run by Khaleej Times about the failure of a company in Ajman to pay women workers their salaries for two months.

He said the Ministry had given great attention through a two-pronged measure. First, it swiftly referred their complaint to the labour court to get their salary issue settled as quickly as possible. Showing its sympathy with them, the Ministry offered to transfer their sponsorship to any other company free of charge. Second, the Ministry handed the complaint to the Public Prosecution to file it as a criminal case to the criminal court which usually sends officials of the erring company to jail and slaps a fine of Dh10,000 for each individual worker involved in the case.

“In such case, the Ministry extends a helping hand especially when it finds out that the workers are right. It also addresses other concerned government entities like the water and electricity department not to disconnect the services from the affected workers as per the higher leadership’s directives,” he added.

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