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The Federal National Council: A demand to unify the leave system between the “private sector” and “government”
The Federal National Council

A member of the Federal National Council, Sabreen Hassan Al Yamahi, asked the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, regarding “unifying the vacation and working hours system between the private and government sectors.”

Al-Yamahi told "Emirates Today" newspaper that her question is in line with what the leadership seeks to achieve stability and job satisfaction for national cadres working in private sector establishments, and to achieve maximum equality in job privileges between the public and private sectors, especially in light of comparisons between the two sectors. What fresh graduates used to do when searching for career opportunities.
Al Yamahi said that "when the government, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the second package of the fifty projects, its goal was to increase participation in the private sector, to consolidate a competitive, balanced and active national economy, thus contributing In achieving a qualitative leap in the country’s economic system, enhancing its position as a major center for innovation and excellence, and an attractive destination for expertise, talents and investments, and from this standpoint, the government opened new horizons to engage in the private sector with an unprecedented financial and employment support package.
New privileges appeared for government sector employees in the country, related to an increase in the weekly leave period from two to two and a half days, in exchange for granting employers in the private sector the right to estimate the duration of the weekly leave for their employees, provided that it is not less than a day, which may affect the attractiveness of employment for the private sector in the future.

Al-Yamahi confirmed that, through the question, she proposes the possibility of a legislative amendment that would allow unifying the number of days of weekly leave between workers in the private and government sectors (two and a half days), without leaving room for the discretion of the employer, considering that unifying job privileges would ensure more stability and attractiveness of the labor market. In the private sector.