Ministry gets tough on firms violating emiratisation norms

RAS AL KHAIMAH — The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs here has suspended all transactions — including issuing new employment visas and renewing old ones — with private companies that have not complied with the federal policy on labour force nationalisation.

By Sadiq A. Salam

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Published: Wed 22 Dec 2004, 10:53 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:33 PM

“We have issued clear-cut messages to all Ras Al Khaimah-based private institutions that their transactions with the labour office will not be processed unless they adhered to the new federal policy with regard to employing UAE nationals,” said Yousif bin Salman, director of the RAK office of the National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority (Tanmia).

The federal government had recently issued a decree that all private companies should nationalise at least two per cent of their labour force every year. “We will no longer be lenient with them unless they exert more effort to employ the local people,” he added.

The Tanmia office has registered more than 2,000 unemployed UAE nationals seeking jobs. “They are a highly qualified and trained people, and some of them have stayed for years looking for jobs,” Salman said. “It is obvious that some of those who are responsible for getting jobs for these jobless people are not aware of their problem or simply close their eyes to it. Some companies are fudging records to remain non-committal to their obligations with this regard.”

He claimed that contrary to allegations, Tanmia officials were conducting routine visits to private businesses to ensure that local employees were doing their duties. The office also offered substitutes for idle or irresponsible staff, he said.

According to Salman, the government body also organises training programmes to enhance job seekers’ skills and prepare them for the highly competitive labour market. “Some of RAK’s leading employers like Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries, Julphar, and RAK Cement Company have commenced implementing a recently signed agreement with Tanmia to recruit more UAE national people,” he said.

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