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UAE: Processing Time for Labour Dispute Resolution Cut to 10 Days

The official processing time for the settlement of labour disputes is to be reduced from 30 days to just 10. This has been facilitated by a number of measures recently adopted by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

The three key elements of these new measures are as follows:

  • Labour inquiries will now be answered within one day via consultations using a designated instant messaging service. This process will be used to clarify the rights and duties of all workers and employers.
  • All parties involved in a labour dispute will be invited to talks at the Ministry, where they will be encouraged to settle their differences through negotiation without the involvement of any legal officials.
  • A Mobile Labour Court, including members of the Ministry’s legal inspection team, as well as specialists from Dubai’s judiciary, is to be given the power to intervene during any industrial action. This Court will also be authorised designate 10 of the strikers as representatives of the wider workforce and then work with them to resolve the dispute.


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