We noticed you're blocking ads.

Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Questions about why you are seeing this? Contact us

Font Size

- Aa +

Fri 24 Jul 2009 10:51 AM

Font Size

- Aa +

Unpaid workers can switch jobs, UAE ministry says - paper

Worker unpaid beyond two months may jump jobs without NOC even after receiving his dues.

Unpaid workers can switch jobs, UAE ministry says - paper
LABOUR GAINS: The acting Director-General of UAE’s labour ministry informed about the move.(Getty Images)

Any worker who has not been paid for more than two months has the right to change jobs without a No Objection Certificate (NOC) even after receiving his dues, according to a report.Humaid Bin Deemas, the acting Director-General of UAE’s Ministry of Labour informed this on Thursday, the Gulf News daily reported. The senior official was speaking at a press conference that was held after an open day event at the ministry's premises in Dubai, it added.

“Workers who have not been paid for more than two months have the right to stay with the same company or choose to change jobs without the NOC.

“The rule is also applicable to those who have not been paid for the same duration of time but decided to cancel their work permits where they will have the six month ban, which is usually enforced by the ministry, lifted,” Bin Deemas added.

The worker has the right to leave his employer without filing the required notice period if the firm does not fulfil any of its commitments as stipulated in the employment contract, Gulf News noted.

Meanwhile, all firms registered with the UAE Ministry of Labour will start making payment of workers’ wages through the newly introduced wages protection system (WPS) from September, the ministry said on Thursday.

The new system makes the electronic transfer of labourers’ wages from employer to employee mandatory following a decree issued by Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash.

Arabian Business: why we're going behind a paywall

For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Tariq Ahmadani 11 years ago

The Ministry of Labour has taken the right step to safeguard the poor workers for not being paid on time. I hope things will improve from now on. Well done!!!

andrew 11 years ago

good move but are there any alternative jobs in the market anyway? I dont think so..no jobs in the market at the moment and the employer has the opportunity to make the most of this situation.

jpc 11 years ago

I have a friend who received termination letter before his vacation, after coming back from vacation, his visa was not cancelled and still he is working with the same company, but with reduced salary. The salary reduction is not documented and no new contract at all. Which mean all conditions are made in verbal. Now, Is this guy can change employer/job without securing a NOC? Thanks

TMA 11 years ago

I feel happy that there is some protection for these poor fellows also otherwise some companies were taking advantage of it. Really appreciate.

What about white collar workers? 11 years ago

This is great news and a step in the right direction. One question though; does this rule only apply to labourers as stated in the article (can anyone please clarify?). I ask as Im an expat professional whose company has not been paying us via bank transfer into our accounhts since February this year, instead giving us our salaries (late) and sometimes in parts, in cash. To the banks then, it looks like we are not working, as there are no bank salary transfers into our accounts, only sporadic cash deposits of various amounts. Further clarification on the law would be helpful.