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United Arab Emirates: Industrial relations

Original and updating authors: Samir Kantaria, Suzanne Gingles and Neshwa Boukhari, Al Tamimi & Company
Consultant editor: Luke Tapp, Pinsent Masons

Summary

  • In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (including the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)) the law, while not explicitly outlawing trade unions, does not specifically permit or recognise unions. (See Trade unions)
  • In the UAE (including the DIFC and ADGM), employers have no statutory obligation to inform and consult employees, directly or through representatives, on any business or employment matters, including redundancies and business transfers. (See Informing and consulting employees)
  • Employees have no right to strike and industrial action is not recognised or regulated by legislation in the UAE (including the DIFC and ADGM). (See Industrial action)
  • In the UAE generally (but not in the DIFC and ADGM), in the event of a collective labour dispute that cannot be settled amicably by the parties, a statutory dispute resolution procedure applies. (See Collective labour disputes)