196 firms caught employing illegal workers - October 22, 2008 -
Construction Week Online
Nearly 200 companies have been caught hiring illegal workers this year.
The Ministry of Labour’s acting director general Humaid bin Demas was reported saying that 196 firms had been referred to the public prosecution and the crackdown would continue.
He also said that the majority had been found guilty and that fines had reached tens of millions of dirhams.
He added that tough measures will continue to be taken against violators to ensure a safe society and a stable labour market in which workers' rights are protected.
Last week, a Dubai court jailed a manager and fined his company more than six million dirhams for hiring 95 illegal workers.
The companies caught so far in 2008 were employing 612 illegal people in total and those workers will be deported.
Employers who employ illegal workers face a fine of US $27,000 (AED100,000) per person plus a minimum two months jail term.