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03ABUDHABI1090
2003-03-05 14:20:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Abu Dhabi
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UAE LABOR UNIONS WILL BE "FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL"

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UNCLASSIFIED

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                           March 05, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1090 - ROUTINE)         

TAGS:     ELAB, PREL, PHUM, PGOV, SOCI, CVIS                     

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  UAE LABOR UNIONS WILL BE "FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL"      

Ref:      None                                                   
_________________________________________________________________
UNCLAS        ABU DHABI 01090

SIPDIS
CXABU:
    ACTION: ECON 
    INFO:   DCM P/M POL AMB 
Laser1:
    INFO:   FCS 

DISSEMINATION: ECON
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: DCM: RAALBRIGHT
DRAFTED: ECON: GARANA
CLEARED: ECON: TEWILLIAMS

VZCZCADI690
RR RUEHC RUCPDOC RUEHZM
DE RUEHAD #1090 0641420
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 051420Z MAR 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8706
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
RUEHZM/GCC COLLECTIVE
						UNCLAS ABU DHABI 001090 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR NEA/ARP, NEA/RA, DRL AND EB/CBA
STATE PASS OPIC/OPIC INTERNATIONAL POLICY DEPARTMENT FOR VIRGINIA
GREEN AND HARVEY HAMBURG
USDOC FOR 4530/ITA/MAC/ONE/DGUGLIELMI,
4520/ITA/MAC/ONE/CLOUSTAUNAU,
4500/ITA/MAC/DAS/WILLIAMSON,
3131/CS/OIO/ANESA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ELAB PREL PHUM PGOV SOCI CVIS TC
SUBJECT: UAE LABOR UNIONS WILL BE "FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL"

REF: ABU DHABI 941

UNCLAS ABU DHABI 001090

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR NEA/ARP, NEA/RA, DRL AND EB/CBA
STATE PASS OPIC/OPIC INTERNATIONAL POLICY DEPARTMENT FOR VIRGINIA
GREEN AND HARVEY HAMBURG
USDOC FOR 4530/ITA/MAC/ONE/DGUGLIELMI,
4520/ITA/MAC/ONE/CLOUSTAUNAU,
4500/ITA/MAC/DAS/WILLIAMSON,
3131/CS/OIO/ANESA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ELAB PREL PHUM PGOV SOCI CVIS TC
SUBJECT: UAE LABOR UNIONS WILL BE "FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL"

REF: ABU DHABI 941


1. (U) An editorial published on March 3 by a well-regarded
economic commentator lauded the recent Ministry of Labour draft
proposal to formally establish labor unions (reftel). Salah Al
Halyan, managing director of Gulf Insurance Consulting and an
editorial columnist for the Gulf News, wrote that "unions will
soon exist in this part of the world; a great move which will
provide for improved work conditions and protection of workers'
rights leading to higher work standards. The winds of change are
certainly blowing in our direction, for the benefit of all."


2. (SBU) Comment: Al Halyan's comments are indicative of the
positive reception the draft proposals have received. While
workers already enjoy considerable informal rights to organize
and request redress of grievances (strikes, though infrequent,
are not uncommon here), regulations to formerly recognize these
rights present further progress towards the establishment in the
UAE of a fully modern economy, as desired by both business and
government leaders here.

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