08/01/2009 10:19 PM
Dubai: Workers who have obtained temporary work permits because they have a labour case against their employers will get a one-year ban if the court rules against them, a senior official at the ministry of labour said.
Saif Al Suwaidi, acting executive director for labour affairs at the Ministry of Labour, said if a worker's case proves not viable and the court decides that he has no right for compensation, the ministry will enforce a one-year ban.
"The objective of this procedure is to stop workers who fabricate disputes with their employers and take them to court with the aim of extending their stay in the country by obtaining a temporary work permit," Al Suwaidi said.
Last year the labour court in Dubai looked into more than 1,900 dispute cases, according to official statistics.
"The ministry refers all complaints over non-payments of dues to courts as anybody has the right to file a lawsuit and during that period we grant a temporary work permit for the worker so he does not need to stay unemployed until the court verdict is out," Al Suwaidi said.
The temporary work permit is invalid after the issuance of the court verdict, whether or not the ruling is in favour of the worker, as per the labour regulations.
However, any worker who has a court ruling in his or her favour will be able to get a work permit without obtaining the six-month ban, which is usually enforced when cancelling the work permit.