UAE pays wages of 1,200 workers after boss flees

Ministry of Labour liquidates bank guarantees worth AED4m after employer flees country
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By Andy Sambidge
Fri 19 Apr 2013 12:20 PM

The UAE's Ministry of Labour has said it has liquidated bank guarantees worth more than AED4m to pay the salaries of 1,200 workers after their employer fled the country.

The employer, an Asian investor who has not been named, fled, leaving them unpaid for three months, a senior official said in comments published by news agency WAM.

Humaid Rashid bin Demas, Acting Undersecretary at the Ministry of Labour, told WAM: "Under the directives of the Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, the said establishment's case was referred to Dubai Public Prosecution to take the necessary legal action against it, while the Ministry today liquidated the bank guarantees valued at over AED4m to pay delayed salaries of three months."

He said that the ministry would guarantee the right of any worker who wished to file a case against the fugitive employer.

He added that officials contacted at Dubai Courts have shown their readiness to form a special juridical committee to look into cases and speed up the verdict.

The undersecretary also confirmed that the ministry will work with Dubai police and the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs to facilitate travel procedures for workers who would like to travel home or provide approvals should they wish to transfer to other companies.

"The Asian investor was called after the workers stopped their activities and filed a complaint against him regarding delay in their payments," he was quoted as saying by WAM.

"After an inspection conducted by the ministry, the investor has presented a written pledge to deliver the payments according to a schedule which was signed by the worker, but he has fled the country right before the payment was due."

The ministry has stopped issuing work permits for workers coming from the investor's establishments, he added.

"The ministry will not be lenient with any establishment that delays salaries of workers," he said.

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