Labor Unions to UAE Law
Labor Unions law applies to all staffs and employees working in the UAE. These employees can be either UAE nationals or expatriates. A Labor Union is an organization of employees who have come together to achieve a common goal. The common purpose may include improving safety standards, achieving better pay and benefits such as health care and retirement and many others (Merino, 2012). Labor unions or workers councils are not legal in the U.A.E labor law. The authority that is primarily responsible for the employees’ rights protection is the ministry of labor (McGeehan, 2015).
As per the U.A.E labor law, management of labor union has some advantages and disadvantages. Advantage includes growth and creation of jobs. It states that lack of collective bargaining rights is good for workers, as it leads to more growth and job creation. On the other hand, it portrays labor union disadvantage stating that labor unions over regulate labor markets and employees spend more time protesting than working (Zaman, 2011).
Labor unions to U.A.E have a high point of view on ethics. Through its rules, it possesses ethical advantages and disadvantages to an employee. Benefits include promotion of equality and impartiality to all employees within the workforce. Additionally, it helps in the satisfaction of a basic human need, and lastly it facilitates unity (McGeehan, 2015). However, it undermines workers freedom of expression by illegalizing labor unions as well as strikes (Merino, 2012).
Through the ministry of labor, U.A.E provides workers with protection measure on the financial aspect. These measures include wage protection system and Visa cancellation process. The two measures have advantages. First, they ensure that employees’ salaries are paid on a regular basis and in agreement with the contractual arrangement. Second, it ensures that during the contract termination an employee is paid the full amount of the final terminal fee. However, it has some disadvantages. Employers undergo an extra cost when making payment with the W.P.S. (Zaman, 2011).
In conclusion as per the latest information, the U.A.E is working on a law that will allow laborers to form unions and legalize collective bargaining. One union will be form to represent a specific industry. The law will also control how strikes will be conducted and it will outline rights, the things to be done and those not to be done.
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