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UAE holds labour talks with India and Philippines

posted on 23/10/2007: 1508 views

The UAE yesterday welcomed strict penalties adopted recently by the Indian government against unscrupulous recruitment agencies. Al Ka'abi told Indian Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi during a meeting here today that the measures would contribute to regulating the UAE labour market and boosting labour exchange between the two friendly countries. Al Ka'abi briefed the Indian minister on a new proposed policy for setting a residency cap for foreign unskilled workers in GCC countries at six years. The new policy will be examined by GCC labour ministers.

The meeting was attended by Indian Ambassador Talmiz Ahmed.

The two ministers explored avenues of joint cooperation in labour sector and reviewed progress of implementation of a memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries on regulation and employment of manpower.

On his part the Indian Overseas Minister said that his government had recently refined its immigration law with the aim of regulating operation of recruitment agencies to work under the eyes of the government. The law, he said, had set stiff penalties against rogue agencies starting from fines and ending with closure of the company.

He disclosed that around 50,000 Indian workers had availed of the grace period. He praised arrangement adopted by the UAE Ministry of Labour to block labour strikes especially those staged by temporary workers who have definite duration contract. Under the new arrangements, the worker is not allowed to demand salary increase but he may join other company or demand salary increment after the end of the contract.

He went on to say that his government had cracked down on brokerage firms and had opened labour offices to facilitate procedures of workers coming to the UAE as part of efforts to put an end to malpractices of those firms. Workers travelling to the UAE for work also educated about labour laws and traditions of the host country.

Meanwhile, the UAE Labour Minister met with Arturo Brion, Filipino Secretary of Labour and Employment in the presence of Libran N. Cabactulan, Ambassador of the Philippines.

The two ministers discussed issues related to the MoU signed by the two countries on employment of Filipino manpower in the UAE. A joint technical committee will convene tomorrow to find out best mechanisms of implementing the MoU. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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