We are all familiar with the sob stories that our fellow OFWs experience while working abroad. Inhumane working conditions, maltreatment, and refusal to pay their salaries are some of the problems encountered by them. In Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, the president himself His Highness Khalifa created a law for domestic helpers to protect them from abusive employers.
Salaries Should Be Paid On Time
In the UAE, workers normally receive their monthly salaries on the 10th day of the following month. Failure to receive their salaries on time allows workers to report to their immediate supervisor, or to message their employers through e-mail. It is better to give the employers a gentle reminder regarding the late salary than to complain directly to authorities.
In their Ministerial Decree No. 739 of 2016, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation stipulates that if the salary has not been paid within 10 days of the due date, it is considered “late”. If the salary has not been paid within 1 month of the due date, the employer is deemed to be “refusing to pay the salary”.
Actions That Can Be Done By The Employee
As an employee, the OFW has a shared responsibility to make sure that their employer follows the rule of law regarding their employment. They should understand the stipulations of the law so that they can position themelves and do the appropriate actions. For those whose salary is considered ‘late”, they can gently remind their employers of their delayed salaries, as the delay might just be because of some miscommunication.
It is always better to settle salary disputes internally at first, as it may cause unnecessary conflict if the employee bypasses the employer and went straight to authorities.
However, if the OFW have made an attempt to remind the employer, and have talked with the company representatives about the problem but no action seem to be done in part of the company, then it would be best to report or file a complaint with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation or MoHRE. It is important to have the proof that you have reminded your employer of your delayed salary.
Actions That Need To Be Avoided
While it is understandable that OFWs whose salaries are delayed find it hard to check their emotions and has the tendency to rant, especially in social media, it is not the best thing to do. First and foremost, do not go AWOL, do not neglect your duties and respnsibilities despite the delayed wages, since the employer can also file a complaint against you for doing that. Be professional.
Avoid ranting on social media as the government of UAE has very stringent social media policies and a case can be filed against you for doing so. And finally, never threaten your boss or employer.
DISCLAIMER: The topics presented in this article are for information-sharing purposes only. They may be used as a personal guide, but they should not be used as basis for actual labor concerns or legal proceedings. To learn more about the UAR Labor Law, visit the MoHRE official website