India adopts new system to prevent worker exploitation in UAE

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Months after the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced sweeping new procedures for recruitment of workers in the UAE, India on Sunday became the first major labour-exporting nation to adopt the new system.

The new system, managed jointly by the UAE and India, will ensure workers are paid the same salary that is promised to them in their job contracts.

Verification of job contracts.

The Indian government has said that blue-collar workers will be allowed to travel only after a verification of their job contracts.

  • The new scheme will allow Indians officials to verify whether employment contracts requiring emigration clearance that are offered to workers are the same as those approved by the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
  • Emigration staff have also been called to check the details given in the clearance form are correct and look for any fake visas or documents uploaded to the country’s emigrate application clearance website.
  • Recruitment agents found to have submitted fake documents are to be reported for further action.

Agents uploading fake documents

The new measures come after the ministry noticed some agents uploading fake or forged documents to the system.

Nearly half of the more than two million Indians working in the UAE come under the blue-collar category impacted by the change.

One of the common complaints cited by expat blue-collar workers across the Gulf region is being paid less than they were promised after arriving for work.

“They will not allow a contract signed in India to be replaced or substituted by another contract unless it is to make changes for the benefit of the employees”, Indian ambassador to the UAE T.P. Seetharam was quoted as saying.

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