Labourers’ complaint on air-conditioning rejected

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has refused to entertain a complaint of some newly-employed workers of a construction company over inadequate air-conditioning in their residential camp.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Wed 6 Apr 2005, 11:16 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:58 PM

The Ministry refused to register the complaint of the labourers as it appeared that they had approached it without notifying the company management.

The 60 labourers of the company that employs 2,000 yesterday gathered at the ministry office to register their complaint that some of the rooms had no air conditioning.

Elaborating on the case, an official source said the workers, who had joined the company two weeks back, had not informed the management of their complaint, but had gone straight to the ministry with the complaint.

“We have not registered their complaint as the company management said it had not been alerted of a complaint from the newly employed labourers about the cooling system in the camp,” the official told Khaleej Times.

According to a company representative, some of the air conditioning units had earlier been taken for maintenance when the weather was favourable and they would be reinstalled soon.

“These workers had arrived in the country just 25 days back. We have provided each of them with Dh200 as food allowance before they get their first salary,” said the company representative.

He said he is sceptical the labourers might have heard of a better offer and tried to create problems with the management to have an excuse to quit.

“I have doubts that they are aspiring to get visa transfer or temporary work permit, which they can not get unless they prove that they have problems with the management,” he said.

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