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Middle East - UAE to Stamp Out Labour Recruitment Malpractices

18 May 2016

The UAE’s labour authority has said it “can't deny” that its expat workers have been the target of industry malpractices in the past, but is confident that its labour law will prevent their recurrence.

In its Workers Welfare Report 2015, the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) said that in 2015, it implemented significant steps to ensure worker protection across the country.

MOHRE's worker safety measures included reviewing legislation and regulatory oversight, improving dispute resolution systems, and increasing transparency.

“We can’t deny that many non-national workers have faced in the past many malpractices by recruitment agents,” MOHRE's report stated, according to WAM.

“Consequently, MOHRE has been cooperating with countries of origin to improve practices within the recruitment industry as a priority issue.”

The ministry said it continues to closely monitor the practices of recruitment companies and take immediate actions when violations take place.

MOHRE’s Workers Welfare Report 2015 focuses on measures to ensure that all workers that come to the UAE “are recruited and employed equitably, safe in their place of work, and free to advance professionally and personally”.

The publication of the report is part of a drive to increase transparency about labour issues, improve data reporting, and ensure that discussion about transnational labour mobility and economic development is frank and fair, the UAE’s state agency reported.

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