Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Rise in expat workforce in UAE by 20 pc - Khaleej Times
Supposing that that number is correct that's a big number, because expatriates number 80 to 90 percent of the workforce to begin with. Have the number of expats that leave been accounted for?

Dr Al Khazraji, however, clarified that the Ministry would not contribute to, under any circumstance, bringing into the local labour market unwanted workers, while admitting that there was imperceptible unemployment amongst foreign workers.
"We are aware of this fact and the Ministry is playing its role in organising and controlling the labour market, saving no effort to achieve this goal," he said.
Aware of what fact? That there is virtually no unemployment amongst foreign workers? That's because foreigners and their families can't reside here except with an employer sponsoring the visa. Could he be referring to the problem of Emiratis not accepting terms and conditions of employment in the private sector?

The article continues.
In this context, Dr Al Khazraji pointed to a number of measures aimed at organising the labour market and stabilising it, including amendments to the existing Labour Law No. 8 of 1980, and the efforts to introduce a new law-allowing establishment of workers' organisations and unions.
Translation needed. Plain speaking needed. What is the disorganization? What is the instability?


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