UAE Cabinet orders wage revision, Indian Mission hails move

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Dubai, Nov 5 (UNI) The UAE Cabinet asked the Ministry of Labour (MoL) to review the salaries of workers and prepare a proposal after some violent protests by the immigrant workers demanding better perks and housing facilities.

The ministry reiterated yesterday its committment to protect the rights of the workers and assured all forms of violation of law will be strictly checked.

''The MoL totally rejects the excuses being given by some companies for their practice of withholding wages,'' the Khaleej Times quoted Humaid bin Deemas, MoL's Assistant Under-Secretary as saying.

The Indian mission welcomed the move describing it as constructive.

Venu Rajamony, Indian Consul-General in Dubai, said ''We are looking forward to see the results of the study. The rising cost of living in the country is a known factor. Hence, this is a right move and we welcome it.'' Mr Bin Deemas also warned the companies violating labour laws that they would face hefty fines and other punishments if any of their practices are found unethical by the supervisory committee.

The Cabinet has also directed the MoL to come up with a uniform set of standards and specifications for housing facilities of workers in all sectors in the UAE, in coordination with the local authorities concerned. These would be strictly implemented nationwide, he said.

Taking a strong view against the violent protests, Mr Bin Deemas said,''Riots, damage to public and private property and threats to the country's security and stability will be severely dealt with.'' The October 27 workers demonstration had turned violent when police tried to remove the workers from blocking Jebel Ali Industrial Road, with some of the protestors hurling stones at police and passing motorists.

UNI

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