Sacked worker wins court case

ABU DHABI — The Federal Supreme Court recently ordered a foodstuff company to pay Dh120,000 in entitlements to a worker whose services were arbitrarily terminated by the company.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Wed 26 Sep 2007, 8:42 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:13 AM

The company was also ordered to pay Dh90,000 against the complainant's full wages since his dismissal in February 2005.

Technician R.Z., who worked in the company for 17 years, had lodged a complaint with the Labour Disputes Section in the Labour Ministry, alleging that the company had terminated his services without any valid reason.

During proceedings at the Labour Disputes Section, the company failed to send a representative to settle the matter. The case was referred to the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance, which ordered the company to pay the worker Dh120,000 as dues. The verdict was confirmed in the Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal.

The matter was then taken to Federal Supreme Court, where the worker sought protection of his labour rights and insisted that the verdicts of lower courts be upheld. He also refused to go back to work in the same company. The apex court ordered the company to pay the worker's full wages since his arbitrary dismissal.

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