MoHRE explains labour disputes procedures

February 2, 2023 thehrobserver-hrobserver-MohRELabor

By The HR Observer Staff

The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) said that should a dispute arise between an employee and an employer, they must submit the complaint within 30 days.

The ministry said they will try to “settle the dispute amicably,”  and if it is not possible within 14 days, the complaint will be referred to the court.

The employee must register their case in the court within 14 days from the date it was referred to the court, the ministry said.

Moreover, an employee can obtain a temporary permit while the case is being heard by the judiciary, yet they are not allowed to work for others unless a work permit is obtained from the ministry. 

The employee submits a request to cancel the original work permit within 14 doys from the issuance of the final ruling in case the work relationship is terminated, said the ministry.

Multiple labour disputes 

In the case there are  disputes involving more than 50 workers, they must choose three to five people to represent them in the case. 

The ministry said it will aim to “settle the dispute amicably” within 30 days; however, in the case that was not possible, the dispute is referred to the Collective Labour Disputes Committee. 

The committee must then take the “necessary decision.” 

“If the workers’ claim is found to be correct, the Ministry shall take actions. including liquidating bank guarantees and stop issuing new works permits to the employer,” they said. 

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