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Labour law to be reviewed to attract citizens to private sector
By Habeeb Al Sayegh February 17, 2013
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ABU DHABI: The Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, will soon present his views before Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Ministerial Council for Services, regarding the revision of the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 concerning the regulation of labour relations, the  Al Khaleej newspaper published on Saturday.

The move follows the instructions of Sheikh Mansour to the Minister of Labour that aimed at improving labour conditions in the private sector to attract citizens to the sector. The minister will declare the feedback of the public on the issue soon, according to official sources.

The review includes articles related to the issue of (Tawteen), especially that which concern wages and vacation. It seeks the adoption of a “compromise” that ensures justice to residents and citizens and at the same time satisfies business owners and entrepreneurs. The Minister stressed that Tawteen should be a real positive addition, and not a burden with increasing costs, the sources told Al Khaleej.

Ghobash and the entrusted team will present alternatives and optional views, the sources said. They seek to bridge the gap between the two sectors as much as possible, taking into account the obvious differences in wages and holidays.

The differences of the holidays between the two sectors is currently 57 days a year, including 52 off-days on Saturday, and 5 days of official holidays for the public sector which is (15 days a year) while it is 10 days in the private sector. They also will focus on the proposal of a 2-day-break to be compensated with increasing number of work hours a day, the sources said.

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