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Pakistan signs new deal to protect workers in the UAE

Pakistani workers coming to work in the UAE must now sign an Employment Job Offer document before departure

Pakistan signs new deal to protect workers in the UAE
The agreement was signed by Tahir Hussain Andrabi, acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, and Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, on the sidelines of the 108th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva.

Pakistani workers coming to work in the UAE must sign an Employment Job Offer document before departure from their home country under a new agreement between Pakistan and the UAE.

According to the agreement, the document will be signed by both parties to ensure a "legal and risk-free working environment for the Pakistani workforce upon their arrival to the UAE".

The job offer will clearly stipulate the rights and obligations of both the employee and the employer, state news agency WAM reported.

The offer will also provide a basis for the employment contract to be registered in the UAE, a statement by the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi said.

Pakistan said it has signed the agreement with the UAE to "foster cooperation in the labour and human resources sector".

It was signed by Tahir Hussain Andrabi, acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, and Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, on the sidelines of the 108th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva.

Zulfikar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Imran Khan on Overseas Pakistanis, thanked the UAE for its support, via his Twitter account, where he expressed his hopes that the agreement will "ease [the] remittances process" and "evolve a mechanism for early resolution of disputes with employers".

Under the agreement, Pakistan and the UAE have also decided to undertake joint collaborative programmes and activities, including pre-departure and post-arrival educational programmes.

The two governments also agreed to establish a joint committee to implement the agreement.