Regulation to curb hiring of workers on visit visas soon

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Labour (MoL) will shortly introduce a new regulation to impose stricter penalties on companies hiring workers on visit visas, a senior official has revealed.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

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Published: Wed 12 Sep 2007, 8:42 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:10 AM

Obaid Rashid Al Zahmi, assistant under-secretary of the MoL, told Khaleej Times yesterday that the new regulation, which would entail cancellation of the licences of the erring companies, may come as early as within a week. “The punishments will include a two-year suspension of the companies recruiting workers on visit visa, as well as downgrading the companies to the ‘C’ category, and even closure of the company depending on the violations,” said Al Zahmi.

The official pointed out that the new regulation aimed at streamlining the labour market, protecting the workers’ rights, and curbing the phenomenon of illegal workers.

“These penalties will protect the workers’ rights because they have to come and work according to the law as the companies must issue either temporary work permits or employment visas to them. Suppose someone is working on a visit visa and the employer delays their wages. Then what can the worker do?” asked Al Zahmi.

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