Internet to link ministry with workers - UAE INFO

Oct 20, 2008

Internet to link ministry with workers

Dubai: Residents working in the UAE can now obtain a copy of their employment contract and labour card online through a new electronic service launched by the ministry of labour at Gitex 2008 on Sunday. Netwasal, meaning to communicate in Arabic, is a free reporting service initiative which provides ministry of labour information for both employers and employees. The initiative is part of the revamping of the ministry of labour website. The service is aimed at the working population of over 3.2 million and the 260,000 companies operating in the country, according to the ministry of labour's 2007 statistics. Humaid Bin Deemas, Acting Director General at the ministry, told a press gathering at Gitex that netwasal is the first e-service which is directed at employees and not only employers and aims to establish interactive communication between the ministry and workers. "This service will help protect workers' rights as it conveys a message that the ministry is keen on preserving their rights, especially as there are a limited number of employers who refuse to give their employees their employment contract," said Bin Deemas.

Two phases
The initiative will be implemented in two phases. The first phase, which started on Sunday, will enable employees to enter the ministry of labour website ( and enter their labour card number after which he/she can print their employment contract. In the second phase, which is expected to come into effect next week, workers will be able to obtain a copy of their labour card even if they do not know their card number, after entering their passport number.

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