UAE introduces new mechanism to handle workers’ sit-ins

July 20th, 2011 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS  

Dubai, July 19 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates has approved a new mechanism for handling workers’ sit-ins which aims at addressing workers’ grievances.

According to Chairman of the Higher Committee for Labour Crises Management,the move highlights UAE government’s policy to stand with workers demanding their lawful rights under a framework that guarantees return of rights to original claimants and preserves security.

This legal right, he asserted, is a clear respond to the US-based Human Rights Watch’s report which stated that workers in UAE were denied collective organisation.

“The mechanism is tasked with identifying and diagnosing diverse causes and dimensions of workers’ sit-ins - whether peaceful or not- in order to find adequate solutions to them without compromising workers’ rights nor security and stability of the UAE,” he narrated.

The mechanism’s approval by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan also coincides with a marked drop of 50 per cent in workers’ sit-ins nationwide during the first quarters 2010-2011 while delay in payment of salaries accounted for 50 per cent of reasons forcing workers to lay down their tools.

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