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Dubai court sees 48% rise in labour disputes

Dubai Court of First Instance received 7,146 labour cases last year

Most of the labour disputes are lawsuits brought by workers against their employers for alleged breach of employment contracts.
Most of the labour disputes are lawsuits brought by workers against their employers for alleged breach of employment contracts.

The Dubai Court of First Instance received 7,146 labour cases last year, compared to 4,837 in 2009, representing a 48% increase in labour disputes.

The Court issued verdicts in 72% of the cases received last year, while the remaining cases are being considered this year.

Most of the labour disputes are lawsuits brought by workers against their employers for alleged breach of employment contracts signed between the parties, and demand of compensation in most cases not exceeding $27,000.

UAE officials meanwhile have introduced new rules designed to cut the number of worker sit-ins, ensuring swift resolutions to disputes between workers and employers.

The moves were announced by HH Lt.Gen Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, who said the main reasons for worker action centred on delayed salary payments. The minister also said there had been a 50% drop in worker sit-ins nationwide during the first half of 2011.

 

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