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No plans to implement minimum wage policy, says UAE

DUBAI, April 4, 2018

The UAE government said it has no plans to implement a minimum wage policy in the country, reported the state news agency Wam.

The UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), on behalf of the government stated that wages - including for domestic workers - will continue to be fixed through negotiation between employer and employee.

"The UAE’s wage policies enable a flexible labour market that creates thousands of new jobs annually," the ministry said in a statement issued today (April 4).

"The government remains of the view that a free labour market, based on supply and demand, creates the optimal conditions under which we are able to continue to welcome thousands of guest workers to the UAE every year, while simultaneously fostering sustainable economic growth," it added.

The Ministry clarified that it had nothing to do with any released statements about fixing minimum wages for domestic workers.

The UAE has recently taken steps to increase protections for domestic workers, said the Wam report.

In September last year, the President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Federal Law No. 10 of 2017 that regulates the contractual relationship between employers and domestic workers and provides legal protections to safeguard the rights of all parties involved, it added.

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