Sunday, June 25, 2006

Latest Emiratization drive

Khaleej Times: "The UAE has announced a ban on issuing employment visas to expatriate male/female secretaries. The ban also applies to more than 20,000 expatriates working at present in secretarial jobs. Their labour contracts and cards will not be renewed once expired, according to a ministerial order issued on Saturday by Dr. Ali Abdullah Al Kaabi, Minister of Labour."

Gulf News: "Emiratisation of the human resources managers and secretaries posts will create thousands of jobs for UAE nationals, said Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour. Al Ka'abi also said the companies must abide by the decision fixing minimum salaries for UAE nationals. The decision says that if the UAE nationals are not paid as per the monthly-wages criteria set Dh5,000 for post-secondary school certificate holders, Dh4,000 for secondary school certificate holders and Dh3,000 for those below secondary school education the private companies employing them will not meet the quota criteria."

I wonder what the definition of secretary is. I wonder what the daily hours are. I wonder if companies will make do without as many secretaries. I wonder if companies will be allowed to hold the replacements to the same standards in terms of hours and performance as the persons they replaced.



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