'No benefits if not listed so in contract'

ABU DHABI — Workers cannot demand the benefits their employers had agreed to verbally earlier but not included in the contracts, the Ministry of Labour has clarified.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz (Our staff reporter)

Published: Tue 4 Mar 2008, 8:42 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:36 PM

Five workers of a restaurant, from Arab countries, approached the (MoL) to enquire whether they can file a complaint demanding the benefits they and their employer had agreed to before coming to the country and signing the contracts.

A senior official at the ministry said the MoL would not consider any terms other than those included in the labour contract attested by the ministry.

The official labour contract, according to the labour law, is to regulate the relations between the employers and workers and streamline the labour market in the country.

"The workers could demand only the benefits listed in the contracts," said the official.

The Arab workers of the restaurant in the capital alleged that their employer had agreed to pay for their food and accommodation when he recruited them in their home countries. However, after they came to the UAE and joined duty, the employer had been paying only the salary (Dh1,100) and not the allowances for housing and food.

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