US embassy cable - 03ABUDHABI1090

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

Identifier: 03ABUDHABI1090
Wikileaks: View 03ABUDHABI1090 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abu Dhabi
Created: 2003-03-05 14:20:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: ELAB PREL PHUM PGOV SOCI CVIS TC
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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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                                                   
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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

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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 
 
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. 
 
Wahba 

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