Ghobash lists pro-worker policies

Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash said on Monday that the European Parliament resolution on human rights in the UAE is baseless and does not reflect the real situation in the country both in terms of legislation or practices on the ground.

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Published: Tue 30 Oct 2012, 10:18 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:11 PM

“The issue of human rights in the UAE is closely monitored by the leadership to preserve human rights and dignity in conformity with the UAE values and national legislation applied to citizens and residents without discrimination. Hence, the UAE has become a magnet for different nationalities,” he added.

Ghobash said the European Parliament resolution was built on fallacies and lacked credibility and transparency, particularly in relation to the situation in the labour market, which is governed by the legislation and policies that provide protection for workers and ensure at the same time the legitimate interests of employers.

He reiterated the UAE’s concern on labour issues, expressing his surprise about the EU parliament resolution in this respect. “It was inconsistent with several reports issued by organisations concerned with labour affairs, notably, the International Labour Organisation, which had praised several initiatives being implemented by the labour market in the UAE.”

The UAE minister cited the Wages Protection System (WPS), which has become an innovative model for Arab, region and international levels to ensure workers get their wages on time.

He said the resolution had not taken into account the UAE’s efforts to provide an exemplary work environment in accordance with the international standards, referring to the afternoon work ban during summer. —

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