Ministry’s team find workers’ claims invalid

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Labour has issued a warning to about 200 Asian labourers to return to work after Inspectors found their allegations to be false following an inspection of the labour site.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 28 Jun 2005, 10:37 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:46 PM

The Indian and Pakistani labourers had stopped work at Tayaran Contracting and General Maintenance Company demanding that they be entitled to four months annual leave, that no money be deducted from their salaries while on leave, and that their salaries be raised, in addition to other incentives.

The company alleged that the labourers’ claims were baseless as they were planning to transfer their visas to other companies, and that they were driven by rumours that if they lodge complaints with the labour authorities, they would get what they want.

An official at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs said that many of these labourers were still being goaded to pursue unwarranted claims since the Ministry was generally known to be on the side of labourers.

He said that support for the labour force should not be used against employers, and that labourers claims should not be taken at face value.

On his part, the employer said the labourers had not responded to the orders issued by the Section of Disputes at the Ministry that they immediately report at their place of work. They were given a day’s grace to do that.

He said the labourers resorted to such practice fully aware that the company had sub-contracts with deadlines to meet

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