The notice board at the Labour Dispute Office of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Abu Dhabi, which is meant to convey important decisions in the absence of a help desk, has been converted into a space for sticking newspaper clippings.

By Wael Yousef

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Published: Thu 10 Nov 2005, 12:59 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:02 PM

Representatives of companies say the notice board, which is supposed to be of help to them, had lost it's main objective. "The board has a large newspaper clipping on statements made by Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi, the Labour Minister, reacting to comments by Dubai Police Chief Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim," said a company representative.

The notice board is of no use, particularly for company officials who do not speak Arabic and cannot interact with officials.

"The ministry comes out with various rules and regulations, but the notice board has no mention of them whatsoever," said the representative.

Surprisingly, no one at the ministry is responsible for the contents that go into the notice board. "Anyone can put up any article or circular," said an official on condition of anonymity.

The notice board has 10 announcements, occupying just 20 per cent of the space available, and only one announcement is in English. The Ministerial Decisions and circulars on the board are on the ban on smoking in the ministry in accordance with decree 767 of 2004, another on bank guarantee to be issued by a bank in the UAE covering travel expenses of employees and a circular on documents required for sponsorship transfer if there's a case pending in the court.

"The notice board, like all other things at the ministry, will move to the new premises next year. We hope it will be given adequate attention by officials at least there," said several company representatives.

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