UAE reforms boon for foreign workers

Updated 29 September 2015
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UAE reforms boon for foreign workers

ABU DHABI: The UAE has announced labor reforms to protect foreign workers.
Labor Minister Saqr Ghobash said that from January 2016 the UAE would take steps which, when completed, would get rid of “all the practices that were associated with kafala.”
He outlined steps strengthening the right to change employer and preventing “involuntary labor” by lodging the workers’ contracts with the labor ministry rather than with the employers, who currently hold the documents.
“The worker cannot, under any circumstances, be made to, or otherwise be compelled, to remain in an employment relation,” a ministry statement said.
A reorganization of labor contracts would also stop so-called “substitution,” where foreign workers sign one contract before they leave their home country and are compelled to renegotiate lower wages when they arrive in the Gulf.


China cancels trade talks with US as tariff threats escalate

Updated 22 September 2018
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China cancels trade talks with US as tariff threats escalate

  • A mid-level delegation was due to travel to Washington ahead of Liu’s visit, but the trip has now been abandoned
  • China added $60 billion of US products to its import tariff list as it retaliated against US duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods

SHANGHAI: China has canceled upcoming trade talks with the United States and will not send vice-premier Liu He to Washington next week, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.
The Wall Street Journal said a mid-level delegation was due to travel to Washington ahead of Liu’s visit, but the trip has now been abandoned.
Earlier this week, China added $60 billion of US products to its import tariff list as it retaliated against US duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods set to go into effect from Sept. 24.