Official recruitment agencies in Kerala have expressed ignorance about the changes in UAE’s work permit rules that come into force from January next year. Quoting extensively from a report that appeared in an Arabic daily ‘Al Bayan’, some English news websites had reported that the country’s labour department had decided to scrap present provisions in the work permit system.
The site quoted that UAE’s ministry of labour had confirmed that the ‘six-month ban on changing jobs’ will be cancelled from January if the work permit and employment are terminated after a mutual agreement between employer and employee. The reports added that the exemption in labour laws will not be applicable to workers of ‘L IV’ and ‘L V’ categories, who generally come under the blue-collar job bracket. Also, the mandatory two-year service clause in a firm will be revoked if the job contract between the employee and the employer is cancelled upon mutual agreement.
“We are in the dark about the changes you are referring to. We have received no communication in this regard and we haven’t seen media reports on this matter,” said the state government-run Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (ODEPC) managing director GL Muraleedharan.
Non-resident Keralites affairs department (Norka) Roots CEO, RS Kannan said the agency too was unaware about the proposed changes. “We don’t deal with matters regarding labour law compliance, the onus is on the home and external affairs ministries to take steps. Our work is to look after the welfare of Malayalis working abroad,” he said.