49th Media Forum of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department addresses workers’ rights

ABU DHABI, 4th April, 2018 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, ADJD, today organised its 49th Media Forum, titled, “Workers’ Rights According to the Penal Code,” which was headed by Hassan Al Hamadi, Director of the Prosecutions Administration.

The Forum aims to promote the legal culture, raise community awareness and highlight the efforts of the UAE and the department in protecting the rights of workers, by showcasing its national legislation and activities.

During his speech, Al Hamadi stressed that the UAE is a key international economy that provides attractive work opportunities for all types of workers, as the country respects workers’ rights while noting that it has ratified many key conventions of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, related to their rights. It also considers a worker’s rights as an ethical commitment and has accomplished many achievements in protecting them and drafted legislation and initiatives to protect their rights and improve their situation, which it is always keen to update to be in line with current developments, he added.

Al Hamadi explained several of the department’s tariffs, including its “Assistance Service Tariff,” which relates to services the workers perform for their employers or their families in the workplace.

Al Hamadi also highlighted Federal Law No.10 for 2017 that applies to domestic workers while stressing that President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a new law that also applies to them.

The law regulates contractual relations and provides protection for relevant parties, as well as further protection for such workers, under the supervision of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The Forum also highlighted the obligations of recruitment agencies that prohibits them from recruiting workers before confirming their job description, which must include the nature of work, total pay, the required physical and psychological requirements, and other conditions that are outlined in relevant laws.

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the ADJD, issued a resolution to establish public prosecution and specialist judicial departments in every primary court, to handle crimes against domestic workers.

The Forum presented statistics about injuries sustained during work. In 2017, the number of injuries reached 48 while during the first quarter of 2018, this number reached 26. With regards to unpaid workers, the number of cases in 2017 reached 10 while the same figure for the current year up to 19th March reached 22.

The Forum also pointed out that the ADJD upholds legislation regarding workers and defends their dignity, regardless of their sex, nationality, race or religion.

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