NCC discusses minimum wage for unskilled expat workers

ABU DHABI — The National Consultative Council (NCC) yesterday discussed fixing of minimum wage for unskilled expatriate workers.

By Nada S. Mussallam

Published: Tue 29 May 2007, 8:31 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:28 AM

The Ministry of Labour (MoL), on its part, assured the NCC that it was mulling minimum wage for unskilled labourers, and was also considering a special law on domestic helps as well as ensuring diverse nationalities in recruitment.

As for domestic helps, the MoL told the House that Dh700 was proposed as minimum monthly salary for housemaids in addition to accommodation and food. Then, Dh1,000 was suggested as minimum salary for drivers in addition to accommodation and food, and Dh2,100 for farmers.

The MoL informed the House that between the years 2004 and 2006, a total 98,648 workers in this category were reported as “absconding”.

Meanwhile, chaired by NCC Speaker Abdullah Al Masood, the Council yesterday discussed the labour policies in the country, which it said should be capable of streamlining the influx of unskilled labourers.

The NCC noted that the number of unskilled labourers had increased noticeably in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Council stressed that labour contracts for the unskilled labourers should be unified, in terms of salary and other legal entitlements.

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