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Tue 14 Jul 2009 10:36 AM

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UAE fines 90 firms for breaking midday work ban

Inspectors step up visits to sites to seven days a week to ensure workers get proper break.

Ninety companies were fined for violating the UAE’s midday outdoor working ban in the second week since the regulations on summer time hours came into force, according to Ministry of Labour figures.

Inspectors for the ministry had stepped up their visits to outside work sites to seven days a week to ensure workers were given the required break between 12.30pm and 3pm, the ministry said in a statement.

A total of 7,525 inspections were made by officials between Monday, July 6 and Saturday, July 11, compared to 4,634 in the first week of the ban.

Since 2005, employers have been required by law to give construction workers the daily break between July 1 and the end of August.

A total of 163 fines had been issued since July 1 to companies violating the law, according to the ministry.

“The visits will be seven days a week,” said Humaid Bin Deemas, acting director general at the Ministry of Labour.

“Last week we did random visits on Saturday and starting from this week there will be visiting even on Friday.”

A team of 60 inspectors were now working full time to ensure the rule was complied with, he added.

Firms found flouting the rule were fined AED10,000 ($2,723) for each employee working during the ban, as well as being added to a special violation list.

Further violations would result in a tripling of the fine, in addition to companies being denied the right to obtain work permits for at least six months.

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