By Sam Bridge
Workforce Protection Programme aims to provide improved benefits for thousands of employees
Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) has signed an agreement with Dubai Insurance Company to be the first to roll out the Workforce Protection Programme which aims to provide improved benefits for thousands of employees.
The agreement, which will cover companies based in Jafza, National Industries Park and Dubai Auto Zone, will replace the previous bank guarantee system.
Under the Workforce Protection Programme, companies avail insurance coverage that will help protect their workers in case of wage default by their employers.
This coverage will extend to all existing Jafza sponsored employees as their visas come up for renewal and will be applied by default to new workers once they receive their work visas.
Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and managing director of DP World - UAE Region and CEO of Jafza, said: "We’re pleased that with our partners, Dubai Insurance Company, we have put together the Workforce Protection Programme that’s ready to serve the hard-working employees of companies that operate in DP World, UAE Region’s Parks & Zones.
"Our people are our greatest assets, and we are committed to providing them with a fair work environment that ensures they receive all the rights, privileges, and protections that should be afforded to them as core contributors to the nation’s economy," he added.
Under the agreement with DIC, the insurance coverage will be provided to all employees of the companies that have signed up for the Insurance Programme and are registered in accordance with Jafza’s rules and regulations and the UAE Labour Law.
Abdellatif Abuqurah, CEO of Dubai Insurance Company, said: "We are delighted to partner with Jafza to launch the unique insurance protection programme for the employees who are the centre point of the world-renowned free zone. We are honoured to be able to assist Jafza in our capacity as insurers to achieve their goals."