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Abu Dhabi workers receive AED 10m in unpaid wages from court

The case was resolved by a special committee in under a month

Abu Dhabi workers receive AED 10m in unpaid wages from court

Several hundred Abu Dhabi workers have won a legal battle to recover over AED 10 million in unpaid wages, according to local media reports.

According to The National, over 1,000 people – including cooks, administrators and drivers – were left unpaid after an Abu Dhabi-based catering firm stopped payments over a year ago.

In February, 297 of the workers filed a complaint and received their money. Several hundred more, however, filed complaints little more than two months ago, Abdulla Al Nuaimi, the head of the Abu Dhabi Labour Court was quoted as saying.

“Nonetheless, their case was resolved in one month," he said.

The name of the company was not revealed.

A ministerial decision issued in 2018 decreed that lawsuits filed by 100 workers or more are to be addressed by a designated committee working within the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The catering company case the first case to be heard by the committee. According to the newspaper, the case was handled on a ‘mobile court’ bus which travels the emirate solving labour disputes.

“It is the responsibility of the labour court to retrieve the money owed and pay the workers,” Al Nuaimi added. “Gathering more than 10 million dirhams is not an easy task, but we managed to do it in one month.”

The workers were given an option to receive a flight ticket home. The labour court also took care of their accommodation and food during the proceedings.

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