99% of firms obey UAE midday break rules so far

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More than 99 percent of companies are obeying the UAE's mandatory midday break for labourers, according to the Labour Ministry.

Figures released by the ministry revealed that out of 25,248 companies inspected, 99.41 percent (25,100) of companies are complying with the rules concerning labourers working outside during summer months, news agency WAM reported.

The midday break rule took effect on June 15 and will last until September 15.

Maher Al Obed. assistant Labour Minister for Inspection, said 148 firms had failed to allow their workers to take a rest from 12.30-3pm.

He said offenders will have the classification of their firms downgraded by the ministry, and will be fined AED15,000 for each violation.

He said that awareness campaigns had covered 17,296 sites to educate site foremen and supervisors about the rule.

The ministry, he added, was planning to conduct 30,000 awareness visits and 50,000 field inspections during the three-month ban.

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Posted by: Mohammad Arif Chara

Can Labour deppt explain as to which sites does this law apply

-Only constructions sites open to the Sun ?
- Covered Ware House sites e.g. working in side ware houses in Al Quoz /Al Rashidiya etc ??
-Loading unloading of containers out side ware house partly in Sun and partly in shadow for short period of time ?

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