Emiratisation and employers
Authorities are continuing their quest for Emiratisation. Can it be achieved? Is it even possible? And what will be the consequences? Kipp has no answers to any of those questions.
December 28, 2010 3:08 by Samuel Potter
First employers were baffled, now they’re worried about the fact they no longer have “control” over their employees, apparently. The National reports that “Hundreds of private company owners, senior staff and managers gathered at a Ministry of Labour seminar yesterday.” They were apparently all there to express their worries that the new labour laws will see them lose employees, as workers will shortly be able to leave after two years without an NOC, provided they have completed their contracts.
Kipp has been over this a couple of times, so we won’t repeat ourselves. But we will mention what we found striking: the comments from some of the employers. “After this news came out, our employees started threatening that they can leave as soon as their contracts are finished and not worry about the six-month ban,” said one woman who declined to be named.
Imagine that! Being able to leave a company once your contract is completed? That is totally unthinkable – an employee should pretty much remain the property of a company until it is done with them.
Kipp’s being sarcastic, of course, but sadly we don’t think we can say the same for the woman who provided that quote. “We used to have control over them, and we knew it wasn’t easy from them to go, now we will lose this control,” she laments.
If that’s the opinion of the majority of employers, we’re in real trouble, and we need a step change in the way companies approach their responsibility towards their employees. Fortunately, it appears that the government is at least a little more concerned for the well being and fair treatment of the work force than some businesses.
Leaving that aside for a second, Kipp thinks employers need to pick and choose their battles. Maintaining a vice like grip on an employee’s life is less important right now than addressing the ongoing move towards Emiratisation.
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