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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 Dana El Baltaji
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?