Authorities in Abu Dhabi say work complaints from labourers have dropped 42% so far this year following an awareness campaign. The news comes after police in Abu Dhabi dispersed a strike by labourers last month over unpaid wages.
A total of 9,779 cases have been heard in the capital so far this year – down from 16,897 during the same period in 2017.
Awareness campaigns educating workers about their rights, arming them with the knowledge to settle issues outside of the system, have been cited as a key factor in the 42% drop by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD).
Legal wrangles between employer and employee can be sparked by a range of issues, ranging from hours to benefits and salary concerns.
Ahmed Al Marzouqi, head of ADJD labour court committee, said previously labourers in the dark over their employment rights would often seek legal action when it was not necessary.
Awareness campaigns targeted 135,000 workers, while the labour court committee also plans to hold talks with employers to ensure they are aware of their duty of care to workers.
Source Credit: The National