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30 violations of midday break rule reported

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz / 22 July 2007

ABU DHABI — Inspection teams from the Ministry of Labour (MoL) found 30 violations of the midday break rule in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

This reporter accompanied the inspectors to 12 sites in the Mussafah Industrial Area.

Mohsen Ali Saeed, director of the Inspection Department, said, "The inspection campaigns are non-stop during the midday break period. Five teams consisting of 17 inspectors visited 259 work sites in Abu Dhabi city, Mussafah Al Ain, Madinat Zayed, Bani Yas, Al Shahama and Delma."

"There were 19 violations in Abu Dhabi city, 10 in Al Ain and one in Delma," Saeed said.

Rashid Helal, a senior inspector, said, "We found five workers working out in the open at a Mussafah site."

The inspectors also found three workers without visas or labour cards. The MoL will investigate the matter.

Ayman, one of the workers, said, "I have been working for four months without visa or labour card. I requested the administration so many times, but the company did not give me the labour card."

Another worker, Mustafa, said, "The company calculates the overtime according to its own system, not according to the labour law."

The inspectors also served notice on a company directing it to provide decent accommodation to the workers.

"The company must provide clean housing for workers in order to protect their health. We won't accept this practice of lodging 18 workers in a 35-square-metre room. It is not healthy," said inspector Helal.

The inspector stressed that the Disputes Department will also investigate complaints of some workers regarding their right to cancel visa and leaving the country.

"We received complaints from workers of a decoration company. One of the workers wanted to cancel and leave the country.

The labourer alleged that the sponsor would deduct visa and labour card costs from his salary," said the inspector.
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