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No fixing of minimum wages in the UAE, confirms Ministry

05 April 2018

The UAE government has denied statements being released about fixing minimum wages for domestic workers. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) today clarified that the government has no plans on implementing a minimum wage policy. The Ministry said that wages, including that for domestic workers, will continue to remain fixed through negotiation between employers and employees.

The Ministry said that UAE’s wage policy enables a flexible labour market that creates thousands of new jobs every year. The government is of the opinion that a free labour market works on a supply-demand basis and creates optimal conditions under which we welcome thousands of guest workers to UAE every year, while also boosting sustainable economic growth.

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The ministry has nothing to do with any statements released about fixing of minimum wages for domestic workers, the Ministry confirmed.

Recently, the UAE had taken some measures to improve protection for domestic workers. The President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on 26th September had issued a federal law regulating the contractual ties between domestic workers and employers. It provides legal protection to safeguard the rights of all concerned parties.

Robin Vinod

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