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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Al Hamli: UAE Implements a First-of-its-kind Worldwide Programme of Labour Rights Insurance

Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human resources and Emiratisation, said, “the UAE is keen to safeguard worker rights by applying a first-of-its-kind worldwide programme to protect worker rights, whether workers in the private sector or domestic workers. This goes hand in hand with supporting business practice and alleviating employers’ financial burdens. The new system ensures that full protection for their salaries and entitlements, such as the end-of-service benefits, repatriation costs and work injury compensation, especially in the event of an employer’s insolvency, is provided.”

Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human resources and Emiratisation, said, “the UAE is keen to safeguard worker rights by applying a first-of-its-kind worldwide programme to protect worker rights, whether workers in the private sector or domestic workers. This goes hand in hand with supporting business practice and alleviating employers’ financial burdens. The new system ensures that full protection for their salaries and entitlements, such as the end-of-service benefits, repatriation costs and work injury compensation, especially in the event of an employer’s insolvency, is provided.”

 

He also emphasized that the UAE endeavours to promote decent sustainable work through adopting and launching a number of strategies and policies, one of the most important of which is the national policy for employment, which has paid significant attention to continuing education and advanced skills. In addition, entrepreneurship, flexible work and part-time work which enables skilled and talented workers, nationals or foreigners, to work for multiple employers are similarly enhanced.

This was in the statement he made as he participated in the cabinet meeting of the Group of the Asia-Pacific States, held on the sidelines of the 108th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC), which has concluded today in Geneva, Switzerland.

In his speech, Al Hamli pointed that “guiding and raising the awareness of the two parties to labour relation about their rights and obligations towards each other, in addition to settling disputes between them transparently and impartially constitute one of the aspects of the partnership between the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) and the private sector. This contributes to providing privileged services to both employers and workers through Tawjeeh and Tawafoq service centres, run by national cadres of the private sector, under the supervision of the Ministry.

“Inter-state labour mobility plays a key role in the future of labour, a focus of the discussion held during the next two years within the agenda of Abu Dhabi Dialogue that has become a prominent regional consultation route, concerned with running inter-state labour mobility,” said Al Hamli.

 

He emphasised that “the UAE, which, according to international competitiveness reports, is the second talent-attracting labour market worldwide, continues to support the Abu Dhabi Dialogue due to its effective role in governing the temporary contractual labour session between the countries of origin and destination in the region, and in enhancing the mutual developmental interests among those countries.”

He also said, “there are several challenges imposed by the future of labour, which requires enhancing partnerships and cooperation between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Group of Asia-Pacific States to expand the prospects of work in the world, in general, and in our region in particular. Chief among these is providing decent job opportunities for job seekers.”

 

“the world’s States are currently witnessing rapid economic and social changes that have overshadowed the world of labour, necessitating that we work together to capitalize on the opportunities created by the labour future and deal with its challenges accordingly,” he added.

 

The UAE delegation, headed by Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE), took an effective part in the 108th session of ILC, which celebrated the hundredth anniversary of ILO. The delegation also discussed the impact of technology advancement on the world labour markets and the need to harmonise skills with tomorrow’s jobs, as well as increasing the investment in human capabilities, business organizations and decent sustainable work through a programme, whose implementation is to be shared by the three production parties in cooperation with the concerned international parties, including the International Labour Organization and World Trade Organization.

 

The conference also discussed the information and reports prepared by the ILO committees concerning the implementation of world labour agreements and recommendations, as well as the means of eliminating violence within the labour world.

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