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Sun 19 Oct 2008 06:10 AM

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196 firms caught employing illegal workers

Ministry of Labour says it is getting tough to ensure stable labour market, fines imposed.

Nearly 200 companies have been caught hiring illegal workers in the first nine months of 2008, it has been revealed.The 196 firms have been referred to the public prosecution by the Ministry of Labour and the crackdown will continue,  Humaid Bin Deemas, acting director general at the ministry, said.

He said that the majority had been found guilty and that fines had reached tens of millions of dirhams, reported UAE daily Gulf News on Sunday.

He added that tough measures will continue to be taken against violators to ensure a safe society and a stable labour market in which workers' rights are protected.

Last week, a Dubai court jailed a manager and fined his company more than six million dirhams for hiring 95 illegal workers.

The companies caught so far in 2008 were employing 612 illegal people in total and those workers will be deported.

Those who employ illegal workers face a fine of 100,000 dirhams per person plus a jail term of a minimum of two months.

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