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Fighting coronavirus: Abu Dhabi repatriated 293,000 workers since March

Staff Reporter /Abu Dhabi
reporters@khaleejtimes.com Filed on September 1, 2020 | Last updated on September 1, 2020 at 06.27 am
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More than 1.3 million workers benefited from assistance offered by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disasters Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Authorities in Abu Dhabi have helped repatriate over 293,000 workers to their home countries since March 2020. This was done after making sure the workers had received all their dues and were Covid-free.

More than 1.3 million workers benefited from assistance offered by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disasters Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic. This includes covering the costs of Covid-19 screening for workers and all those living in workers' complexes and industrial cities; providing free medical treatment to infected workers; coordinating with entities to facilitate and accelerate all legal procedures related to workers' rights; and negotiating with third parties to cover any overdue payments for companies, enabling them to pay their workers' wages.

Over 400 residents of industrial cities were trained to provide psychological support to workers. Awareness materials in five languages about the virus were distributed.

This came as the committee announced that it had collaborated with the Department of Economic Development (DED) to allocate teams that communicate with private firms in Abu Dhabi to discuss their needs and obligations towards their expatriate employees.

"To protect workers' rights and ensure business continuity, the committee has already communicated with more than 3,400 companies to assess to what extent they have been impacted by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The needs of private companies in order to be able to execute current and future projects were also discussed, as well as their medical, financial and legal obligations towards their workers," state news agency Wam reported.

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