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Wed 10 Jan 2007 01:53 PM

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Three small houses, 700 occupants

Companies receive fines as UAE Labour Ministry uncovers bad living conditions for workers.

The UAE Labour Ministry has discovered a labour camp in which 700 people were living in three small houses, in obvious breach of health and safety guidelines.

Three unnamed companies have received AED10,000 fines from the Ministry, today’s Al Bayan newspaper revealed. Their status has been downgraded and they have had their labour transaction rights suspended. This means that they will not be allowed to obtain visas for any other workers.

One of the companies – ironically, a specialist in interior design – was accommodating 12 people in rooms designed to hold six. The wooding housing also breached fire safety standards.

Another company housing workers in bad conditions had previously been fined for breaching accommodation rules.

The action – in association with Dubai Municipality – is part of an ongoing campaign by the UAE Labour Ministry to improve workers’ living conditions.

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