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Do you support Tanmia’s proposal to ban private companies in the UAE from sacking Emiratis?
The results are in.
February 22, 2009 2:31 by Aarti Nagraj
The financial crisis is here, and several companies are firing people. Accepted fact. But is it right for the government to decide who may and may not be fired based on nationality? According to most of you, no. The majority of respondents, 61.5 percent, believe that everyone’s job is equally important, and that the proposal to ban private companies from laying off Emiratis is not acceptable.
While more than 5 percent did feel that the government should protect its nationals, 29 percent feel that the law should only be enforced in the public sector, not in the private sector.
Unfortunately, the government doesn’t agree. Last week, the Ministry of Labor said that private sector companies will face legal action if they sack Emiratis who have not violated the labor law. The latter constitutes non-performance of basic duties, and committing mistakes which result in substantial material loss for the employer, reports Gulf News. Company are not allowed to use the economic slowdown to fire Emiratis.
The ministry says it will enforce a ban on issuing new work permits to companies that do not comply, until a court verdict is passed.
The solution? Join the 4 percent of our respondents who answered “Whatever. I don’t care.”