Dubai (Web Desk): The minimum wage for Pakistani blue-collar workers in the UAE has been fixed at Dh800 per month in addition to accommodation and health insurance, Pakistan’s envoy to UAE said.
Addressing a community gathering at the consulate in Dubai, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE Moazzam Ahmad Khan confirmed that the UAE government has accepted to fix DH 800 as minimum wage for Pakistani workers.
“We are thankful to the UAE government for accepting our request on fixing minimum wages as it will help end exploitation of blue-collar workers by some employers,” Moazzam Ahmad Khan said this on the occasion of an event hosted for Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser, who was on a short visit to the UAE on Wednesday.
He said that the wage rule has already been put in place while the government of Pakistan is also talking to other Gulf countries to implement a similar system.
Moazzam added that he has also requested the Pakistan government to help open more community schools in the UAE.
“We have seven Pakistani schools in the UAE, but we need at least 14 to meet the demand from the increasing number of students,” he said, urging the community to contribute to the effort.
The ambassador said that there were some complaints about the staff at the Pakistani mission, however, such incidents were rare.
He said that he would talk to officers and staff at the missions to improve their behaviour with community members.
Moazzam Ahmad Khan further said that he has also requested the Pakistani government to increase staff and build a new and bigger building because our community has increased to 1.6 million and the current facilities are not good enough to meet the huge rush at the missions.