Worker can change sponsor if firm files false absconding case

ABU DHABI — Any employer who files a false absconding report will face stiff penalties and the affected worker can transfer his/her sponsorship to another employer without permission from the current sponsor.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Tue 11 Dec 2007, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:10 AM

Obaid Rashid Al Zahmi, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour, said this at the Open Day session in the capital yesterday.

Al Zahmi affirmed that the worker has the right to transfer his/her sponsorship without referring to the current sponsor or taking no-objection certificate (NOC) in case the employer or sponsor files a false absconding report against the worker.

The clarification was given after a Pakistani worker, A.K., presented his case at the Open Day session. He said his employer had filed an absconding report against him. The ministry officials assured him that the report was incorrect. Al Zahmi approved the worker’s application to transfer his sponsorship.

“As per the labour law, the ministry will impose stiff penalties on the company such as a fine of Dh10,000, suspension of its activities for six months and a downgrading of the company,” added Al Zahmi.

He stressed the importance of renewing labour cards, the refusal of which was considered to be the main reason behind the problem of illegal workers in the country.

Another applicant got the approval to change his job title without submitting the educational certificates. The MoL agreed on changing the title on the basis of the experience certificates.

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