Police chief calls for labour camp action plan

Dubai's Commander General says coordination needed to 'guarantee cleanliness'.

POLICE CHIEF: Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim has called for coordination to ensure cleanliness at labour camps in the UAE. (Getty Images)

POLICE CHIEF: Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim has called for coordination to ensure cleanliness at labour camps in the UAE. (Getty Images)

Dubai's police chief has called for better coordination to "guarantee cleanliness" at labour camps across the emirates.

The Commander General of the Dubai Police, Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, demanded that municipality and Labour Ministry officials work together to ensure camps provided adequate living conditions to construction workers in the UAE.

His comments followed claims last week in a BBC documentary that some labourers in Dubai were living in “inhumane conditions”.

The Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, has said that the ministry was investigating the “veracity” of the issues raised by the programme.

Chairing a meeting of the team leaders of the labour crises management, Tamim underscored the importance of ensuring adequate standards of cleanliness and safety in labour camps and warned that companies would be penalised for any violations, news agency WAM reported.

He also stressed the need for field inspections and periodic reports to find solutions to any obstacles preventing improvements from being carried out.

The satisfaction of workers and company owners, as well as provision of suitable housing for labourers are important, Tamim added.

He underlined the need for spreading the culture of social responsibility and security and creating the awareness among owners of private firms on the need for guaranteeing their workers "a life in dignity by meeting their rights".

Last week, in a strong response to the findings of the programme, CEO Riad Kamal accused Panorama of being unfair in its reporting of the living and working conditions of workers of Arabtec Construction, a subsidiary of Arabtec Holding.

Arabtec had more than 20 camps in Dubai and Abu Dhabi which were cleaned daily, Kamal said.

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Posted by: Dan

It doesn?t matter how people are treated in other countries. UAE is keen to show ALL people are equal in UAE. And any company taking care of its employees will benefit in the long run. By the way, it?s called Persian Gulf.

Posted by: Rajesh

Why should the UAE authorities or UAE based local companies care about them , Most of the workers are indians , and for last 50 years not even once the indian goverment has cared about the workers condition here . , they know very well about their working and living condition but have turned a blind eye always . History and time have proven again and again that in the arabian gulf , respect is only given to those nationalities whose goverment is strong and respects their country men. Also there is no shortage of man power supply from India , so the attitude of ( LEAVE IF YOU DONT LIKE IT HERE ) will always continue.

Posted by: Leigh Vernier

Police chief has missed the point. The key to this immigrant problem is attitude towards minority groups who could be described as the "underprivileged class". Often, they work in poor conditions for low pay. On occasions they are paid late or not at all. Their living conditions are subhuman. Privileged class employers do not care enough. Last, but not least, recruiting agencies too often are no better than gangsters. They rob and exploit for their own ill gotten gains. A comprehensive Legal Code is required to cover all these aspects with punitive action taken against employers defaulting. There is also an irony in all this. If these workers were treated better they would deliver better work. Yes, there are a great many good things in UAE. But this issue will not go away until it is resolved.

Posted by: qusroo

I am sure and very confident that untill the big and international media didn't air the labours plights in ME it will not be taken serious, being a an employee of construction company i know many companies violates the labour law. In terms of collecting huge money on the name of visa charges, and depriving the basic rights of labour, infact the international media should air the similar labour plights of other states, I APRECIATE THE REINITIALIZATION OF EFFORTS OF DUBAI POLICE. ONE THING IS SURE, MANY CHANGES CAN BE DONE, IF COMMITTED! ALWAYS "ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THEN WORDS".

Posted by: Paul

Why in Dubai is there not a minimum wage. Why can these workers not go and experience the real life in Dubai.A City they built and is becoming famous all over the world. Until the workers get a fair wage,Dubai standards,they will always remain as slaves. It's not as if they are taking funds from Dubai and sending it home,the funds came from investors world wide.

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