Workers’ sit-in protests cut by half in UAE

19 Jul 2011

(MENAFN) The Higher Committee for Labour Crises Management’s chairman, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, stated that the country witnessed a fifty percent drop in sit-in protests that are held by workers in the country, year-on-year, reported WAM.

Tamim said that the number of sit-ins varied from an emirate to another. While Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain did not witness any sit-ins, Ajman witnessed one sit-in and Ras Al Khaimah had 3 in the period in subject.

The lieutenant said that half of the protests were driven by demands for stopping delays in salary payments, while the other half was shared by salary increase demands and non-calculation of overtime complaints.

Tamimi noted that a new mechanism applied in the country contributed in the drop in the number of protests. The new mechanism includes a team moving to the sit-in location within 15 minutes of being reported and specialists are expected to arrive within 45 minutes to gather preliminary reports, summon the company’s representatives then hold a joint employer-worker meeting to discuss the workers’ demands and work out a settlement.

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