Minister orders ‘no ban’ on 150 Al Ain workers

AL AIN — The Labour Minister Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi has acceded to all requests to solve the problems of 150 workers who are without salaries for months. The requests contained in the letter from the Director of the Work Inspection Administration to the Ministry of Labour.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Sun 9 Jul 2006, 9:43 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:09 PM

The minister agreed to the request for cancelling the ban on the workers and also cancelling their fines. The minister’s letter asked the private company which recruited the workers without completing official sponsorship procedures to pay the fine instead.

The minister was requested to allow issuance of new work permits to workers so that they could be hired by other companies.

The labour minister asked the authorities to facilitate the process of new visas for the workers and to make every effort to solve their problems.

The 150 workers are still neither under the Al Robaeaa Company’s sponsorship, nor the new company that has done nothing so far for the issue of new visas. They have been facing hardship ever since their employer started withholding their salaries several months ago.

An official from the Al Ain Labour Office (AALO) said that the Al Ain-based food supply firm Al Robaeaa had been closed down by the Al Ain Labour Office for breach of the law.

The Legal Researcher of the AALO, requesting anonymity, added that the firm’s owner and administration, however, started a new company which nonchalantly continued to flout the law while delaying the workers’ salaries again.

“The firm had been supplying meals to the UAE University campus when the varsity terminated its services for non-compliance with contractual obligations,” added the official.

Ahmed Hasan Abdul Hameed, one of the aggrieved workers, said that the 150 workers, demanding their salaries, had complained to the Al Ain Labour Office. The company which had hired them had failed to pay their wages since January, they complained. The workers had, on July 3, approached the Al Ain Court seeking a solution to their crisis through the court’s reconciliation commission.

“We registered today (Saturday, July 8), a legal case against the firm at the Al Ain court,” he added. It is worth mentioning that the Al Ain Red Crescent Society had supplied the workers with foodstuff, while an Al Ain philanthropist has also expressed readiness to help out the 150 workers whose story ‘Khaleej Times’ had published recently.

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