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Hundreds of UAE firms referred for prosecution over labour violations.

Nearly500 firms have been referred to public prosecution by the UAE's Ministry of Labour for breaking employment laws over the past year.

State news agency WAM said that 107 firms did not "pay wages for over two months". Maher Al Obed, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspectional Affairs, added that inspectors have carried out some 288,670 inspectional visits to note down faults within the private sector.

Al Obed said the ministry wanted to assure workers about their commitment towards providing a "safe workplace, housing for labourers that matches required standards -- and abiding with occupational health and safety measures". Al Obed added: "Around 17,217 practices went against the law, according to last year's reports, and the right legal procedures were undertaken against each violation." He also said 167 firms had fake identities with no signed contracts for workers.

Another 62 facilities allowed workers to work for other companies without any permission -- and 115 companies had hired blacklisted labourers. Eleven facilities provided incorrect documents to the ministry and 17 other firms were found operating as "a mediate or temporary employment agencies found breaking labour laws".

Al Obed said of offences: "The ministry took decisions to stop services to some facilities found with major faults plus fining them, while others faced administrative fines for breaking the law."

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Publication:7 Days (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Apr 1, 2015
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