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Workers in Dubai have received AED15 million in unpaid wages extending as far back as February 2009. Will the measure help Dubai improve its reputation worldwide?

October 11, 2009 11:38 by

In May, the ministry launched a helpline called “My Salary” (800665) to encourage workers to complain about salary related issues. During its first month of operation, the helpline received complaints regarding 331 companies; however, only six were referred to the Public Prosecution, reported The National, citing the Ministry of Labor.

In April 2009, a report on the BBC’s Panorama entitled “The dark side of Dubai” called out the emirate, as well as the UAE, for its human rights violations, the poor living and working conditions laborers suffered, and the government’s lacklustre attempt to bring companies that violated the nation’s labor laws to justice.

The story revived worldwide outrage over the emirate’s treatment of construction workers, prompting the nation to accelerate the introduction of protective measures, such as the WPS service.

Is it time for another scathing report?

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  1. Craig on October 11, 2009 1:00 pm

    Until we ‘name and shame’ these companies, as is done in many other parts of the world, this will continue to happen. Why there is such stigma attached to making examples of these companies is puzzling…

  2. sleepless in Sharjah on October 13, 2009 10:44 am

    because Craig, it’s not the companies alone that are responsible for not being able to pay for their staff. they need to receive payments from the clients too, and guess who is taking their own time in paying contractors their money for all these large-scale projects?


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