Labour Minister hails the support of Mohammed Bin Rashid to Wages Protection System

26 August 2009, Publication: WamLocEnews

WAM Abu Dhabi, Aug 26th, 2009 (WAM): Minister of Labour HE Saqr Ghobash has hailed the recent visit by Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the Labour Ministry office in Dubai and his expressive support to the Ministry's efforts to guarantee the rights of employees and employers alike.

The efforts of the ministry in this regard came in implementation of the directives of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, who stressed the need for ensuring a stable work environment based on protecting the rights of both parties to the production process, namely employees and employers. The guaranteeing of suitable labour accommodation, comprehensive health coverage of workers and protection of the regular payment of wages were asserted as the most important among them.

The minister said that the keenness of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid to personally supervise over the preparedness of the ministry to implement the Wages Protection System (WPS), which officially begins from next month, presents a model of leadership and its role in inspiring the human cadre to take up their duty with ultimate commitment.

The minister held in high esteem the visit by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid to the ministry as it gave a strong incentive for the ministerial staff to exert all efforts to lead the WPS into perfect success, adding it as another distinctive chapter in the achievements of the country.

It was earlier in May this year HE Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash and UAE Central Bank Governor HE Sultan Bin Nasser Al Suwaidi launched the Wages Protection System (WPS) - an initiative to safeguard workers' wage payments via transfers though selected state financial institutions.

'Through his generous heed and attention expressed in the first days of the holy month of Ramadan, Sheikh Mohammed has once again put us in front of our responsibilities as leaders at our places of work reminding us of the importance of creating the suitable environment to implement the directives of His Highness for building a society of knowledge and development', said the minister.

Ghobash also stressed the important role the private sector has to play as a fundamental partner in building an efficient country and enhancing its position on the world map.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid had hailed the Wages Protection System describing it as a step in the right direction for protecting the rights of workers and mooting trust between them and the employers. Sheikh Mohammed also expressed his faith in the cooperation of all concerned parties for bolstering the country's reputation as a model for protecting its supreme interests and the rights of workers and the employers alike.

Sheikh Mohammed considered that the implementation of WPS is a national responsibility as well as a humanitarian duty which call for joined efforts by all concerned parties for leading this vital and distinguished project into success.

The WPS, launched by the Ministry of Labour within the framework of the Federal Strategy, has earned wide media attention and global acclaim. Several countries have expressed their wish to learn this mechanism and explore the possibility of implementing it in their societies. A number of regional and international organisations including the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have expressed their profound interest in the novel system and offered to send experts to study it in preparation for benefitting from it globally.

In accordance with WPS, an employer will have the right to choose one or more of the participating agents licensed by the Central Bank system. Once a bank receives workers' wages, information and data will be sent to the WPS, so it can notify the agent for payment. The same information will be simultaneously received by the Ministry of Labour.

The system will mark a qualitative move in relation to wages protection. 500 thousand workers are currently covered by WSP and this new system will ensure exceeding this number and include the entire work force in UAE, especially unskilled workers who are in desperate need of such protection.