UAE says 166 firms violated midday work ban

Ministry of Labour says 64,944 out of 65,110 companies complied with midday break
UAE says 166 firms violated midday work ban
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By Andy Sambidge
Sun 07 Oct 2012 05:45 PM

A total of 166 companies failed to comply with the UAE's midday summer work rules, the Ministry of Labour said on Sunday.

Some 64,944 out of 65,110 companies had complied with the regulations to protect workers from the severe summer heat, the ministry said in a statement to news agency WAM.

The three-month rule, which bans outdoor activities under direct sun light from 12.30-3pm, ran from June 15 until September 15.

Mubarak Saeed Al Dhaheri, MoL undersecretary, said inspectors had conducted 20,672 visit to work sites.

"The high percentage of abidance which stood at 99.75 percent underscores the increasing level of awareness among employers at the local labour market of requirements of occupational health safety," he said.

The Ministry, he added, had carried out extensive awareness campaigns to educate workers about their rights during the summer.

The ministry previously said it was planning to undertake 20,000 field awareness visits along with 60,000 inspection visits during the summer.

Any employer found in violation of the rules will be penalised AED15,000 for each breach.

In the event of recurring violations, the inspectors will consider re-classifying the company which could make it more difficult to employ labourers.

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