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Monday, November 18, 2019

‘80060 Council’ reviews reduced fees of permits and policies to guarantee labor rights

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE), in co-operation with the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), organized the ‘80060 Council’, during which the reduced fees of the MOHRE’s services as well as the policies, initiatives and programs implemented by the MOHRE to guarantee labor rights were reviewed.

Dr. Omar Al Nuaimi, Assistant Undersecretary for International Relations and Communication at MOHRE, stressed the importance of the ‘80060 Council’ for bolstering direct communication between the MOHRE and the private sector and  providing for responsible dialogue and transparent discussion on various labor issues.

He explained that the MOHRE, in partnership with the UAE chambers of commerce and industry, would continue to organize the council on a monthly basis in all regions based on its keenness on developing partnership with employers, listening to their views and enhancing their awareness of all updated legislation, policies and services provided by the MOHRE. This would enhance productivity and ensure stability of the labor market, he said.

In November 2019, the MOHRE launched the ‘80060 Council’ as an ideal platform and a channel for direct communication with employers to be added to the other channels provided by the MOHRE.

Meanwhile, during the council recently organized in Ajman, Aisha Belharfia, Assistant Undersecretary of Domestic Workers Affairs at MOHRE, gave a detailed explanation on the fees of the MOHRE’s services, which were reduced by up to 94 per cent under the Cabinet’s resolution no. 47 for 2019.

She explained that the reduced fees, which took effect as of last July, covered the services of issuing work permits including the permits issued for those sponsored by their families, those issued for changing jobs and other services issued by the MOHRE.

Belharfia pointed out that reducing the service fees was aimed at motivating the private sector to attract Emiratis, supporting employers, reducing external recruitment of labor and enhancing the market productivity by focusing on skilled labor, investing the energies of those sponsored by their families and enhancing the monthly income of families in addition to other goals that serve the national efforts to achieve the UAE Vision 2021.

Sultan Al Saadi, Director of Inspection Department at MOHRE, gave a presentation on a range of policies, programs and initiatives implemented by the MOHRE to guarantee labor rights and transparency of the working relationship between the two parties involved.

The presentation included the 80060 hotline service and Twafouq service centers, which constitute an integrated system for receiving and examining labor complaints by allowing employers and workers to file complaints through the hotline service where they are registered and possibly settled within 48 hours. Complaints that cannot be settled are then referred to the Twafouq centers to be investigated by the people concerned as per the time suitable for the litigating parties. If no settlement is reached, the complaints will be referred to the competent courts of law.

The presentation also explained the mechanism of work of the smart inspection system and its role in enhancing the stability of the labor market. Labor recruitment policy and procedures were also explained including the need for a worker to receive the job offer, which shows the work conditions and his wages before he comes to the UAE. The job offer also shows the mechanism of receiving the worker’s wages on maturity date and through the wages protection system as per the contract, which is identical with the job offer.

The council was attended by Mohammed Bin Khalifa Bin Salmeen Al Aryani, ACCI Board Member, Abdullah Omar Al Marzouqi, Executive Director of Corporate Registration and Transaction Services, Ahmed Khalifa Al Muwaiji, Director of Legal Services, and representatives of a number of companies and employers.

Al Marzouqi valued the ‘80060 Council’ initiative, which enhances communication with the private sector and opens direct channels to diversify the components of the economic sector and increase its competitiveness.

He stressed the ACCI’s keenness on co-operating with all federal and local authorities to ensure the provision of the best services to the business community in general and create a suitable climate for the sustainability and growth of the business of ACCI members in particular.

For their part, the participants valued the MOHRE’s keenness on communicating with the private sector, stressing that the ‘80060 Council’ is an effective initiative to ensure direct dialogue between workers and employers for developing partnership and enhancing the practices required for stability of the labor market.

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