Ministry of Labour helps 31 workers with accommodation dispute

The men, mostly Asian, found themselves homeless when their employer had them evicted.

The Ministry of Labour and the Emirates Human Rights Association worked together to help 31 foreign labourers evicted from their accommodation by their employer.

A court consequently ordered the company to pay the men, who are mostly Asians, the money it owed them.

The association, with which the workers filed their complaint, said the ministry was quick to take the appropriate measures to safeguard the labourers’ rights and keep them in their accommodation.

Mohammed Mubarak, director of labour relations at the ministry in Dubai, said the UAE was among the world’s leading countries in terms of protecting labourers’ rights, adding that the UAE had adopted strict regulations on the provision of accommodation to labourers.

The ministry viewed workers’ accommodation as a highly important issue and breaches were unacceptable, he said.

Mr Mubarak said the ministry required employers to provide accommodation to labourers until their court case was finalised through all three stages of litigation, and he stressed that employers did not have the right to evict labourers.

In such cases, the ministry grants labourers a temporary work permit even though their residence and labour cards might have expired if the labourers have an ongoing court case that the ministry referred to the courts.

That allows labourers to work and sustain themselves until their case is closed. During this time, their employer is required to provide their housing.

Mr Mubarak said the ministry had a section to resolve labour disputes on the same day that a complaint was filed, given that time was a significant factor in most cases, and it would save legal experts time and effort.

Published: December 24, 2014 04:00 AM