Pakistan has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to safeguard the rights of Pakistani workers overseas.
In order to protect the workers from the exploitation of Pakistan-based fake recruitment agents, Pakistanis will now sign an Employment Job Offer with the employer before moving to the Emirates under the new deal.
The MoU has been signed by both parties to provide a legal and safe working environment for Pakistani workers in the UAE.
Both employer and the worker will sign the Employment Job Offer before the latter departs from Pakistan.
The job offer will clearly elucidate the rights and duties of the employer and the worker. It needs mentioning here that the employment contract will be founded on the job offer and will be registered in the UAE.
The Article 6 of the MoU states that in case of a dispute if both parties cannot reach an amicable settlement within six weeks of the complaint submission, it will be presented before the judicial authorities for resolution.
Moreover, both governments will arrange joint collaborative programs and activities like educational initiatives before departure and after arrival to impart awareness on the workers regarding the contract employment cycle.
The deal also maintains that the Pakistani workers shall receive a minimum wage of Dh800 along with accommodation and food along with the medical insurance as per the UAE law.
The two countries have agreed to form a joint committee for the implementation of the MoU, which will meet on a regular basis to monitor and evaluate the deal’s implementation.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikhar Bukhari said that the MoU will remove the remittance process. “It will evolve a mechanism for early resolution of disputes with employers/providing legal assistance,” he said.
The MoU was signed by UAE Minister for Human Resources Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli and Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Tahir Hussain Andrabi.