Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Week Ago Wednesday: Labor on the Rise in the UAE

"United Arab Emirates to introduce labor reforms" Associated Press  September 30, 2015

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates is introducing labor reforms aimed at tightening oversight of employment agreements for the millions of temporary migrant workers who make up the bulk of the country’s workforce, a top Emirati official said Tuesday.

In case you haven't noticed, the elite of the planet have created a system of mass slavery via immigration and migration.

Like its oil-rich Arab neighbors, the Emirates has long faced criticism over its treatment of low-paid laborers who build and staff the sleek skyscrapers, hotels, and cutting-edge infrastructure in cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


A helicopter hovers over a skyscraper which caught fire in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. The Sharjah civil defense directorate had no immediate comment. (Associated Press)

I'm still waiting for it to fall. 

Critics say existing policies that tie workers to a sponsoring company leave them open to exploitation and with limited options to leave an abusive work environment.

But they are a U.S. ally.

The reforms are being implemented through three government decrees that will take effect on Jan. 1, Labor Minister Saqr Ghobash told journalists in the capital, Abu Dhabi.

They focus on improving transparency of job terms and contracts and spell out how contracts can be terminated. The rules could make it easier for workers to switch employers. Ghobash said the reforms are meant to guarantee that worker-employer relations are governed only by government-monitored work contracts and the labor law.

‘‘We wanted to ensure that the labor relation is entered into voluntarily and freely, and for such a relationship to continue, the voluntary nature also must continue,’’ Ghobash said through a translator.

The seven-state Emirates federation is home to at least 4.5 million registered migrant workers, Ghobash said.