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99 per cent follow midday work ban

Construction workers under the sun

UAE companies abiding by three-month rule, according to ministry inspections.

July 28, 2013 1:30 by

Years of awareness campaigns and, arguably, harsh consequences have paid off, as the UAE’s Ministry of Labour says that nearly 100 per cent of companies are following the ‘midday work ban’.

Over 25,000 companies were visited by the ministry inspectors; of which, 99.41 per cent allowed their employees (i.e., those working under the sun) to rest between 12pm to 3pm.

The midday break rule – intended to protect workers from the scorching summer heat – took effect on June 15 and will last until September 15.

So far, only 148 firms were found in violation of the rule.

According to reports by WAM, all violators will have their classification downgraded by the ministry and pay a fine of AED15,000 per violation.

Awareness campaigns by the ministry have already covered more than 17,000 sites to educate the supervisors and site foremen about the rule.

When the ban is lifted on September 15, the ministry will have conducted a total of 30,000 awareness visits and 50,000 field inspections.

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