Labour Affairs Committee informs 20,000 workers on their rights

DUBAI, 25th December, 2017 (WAM) — The Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs in Dubai have organised an Awareness Training Programme during 2017, targeting more than 20,000 workers. The programme concentrates on raising the workers’ knowledge on their rights and responsibilities as per the laws and regulations in the UAE, and according to the international standards provided by Middle East Centre for Training and Development Major-General Obaid Muhair bin Suroor, Deputy Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, GDRFA, in Dubai, and Chairman of the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs, said that the content of the sessions is based on four main topics; namely, introducing the workers on their rights and responsibilities and raising their knowledge on laws and regulations in the UAE, the culture of the UAE, health and safety within the workplace, and important contact information for support channels when needed.

The sessions also provided workers with an inclusive brief on the Criminal Procedural Law and how to seek support services to protect their rights. This move would help reduce the number of violations via adequate knowledge of applicable laws and regulations in the UAE. It also helps to protect workers against exploitation in the workplace, and maintains the rights of each party.

Bin Suroor expressed his appreciation towards both the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs and the Dubai Health Authority, and the successful cooperation between them during the implementation of such an initiative. “The UAE, and Dubai in particular, have been eager to put the best practices and practical expertise into use in order to raise the cultural and awareness levels of migrant workers through the different establishments and institutions related to workers’ training and development.

Abdul Monem Al Medawi, Secretary-General of the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs, said that the training sessions have been targeting workers in the construction industry in Dubai. “As such industry includes the largest group of workers that are in need for adequate legal awareness to continue their employment period in a way that guarantees their rights and eliminates the number of violations,” he continued, adding that training sessions will be extended in the upcoming phase, targeting workers in the Dubai Free Zones.

Source: Emirates News Agency