Shortage of labour inspectors

A STAGGERING three million workers have joined the UAE labour force in the last two years but there has been no corresponding increase in the number of inspectors.

By The Monitor

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Published: Sun 22 Jan 2006, 10:01 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:58 PM

These recent statistics put out by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs indicate the big burden on the ministry. The issue has been raised by Dr Khalid Al Khazraji, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, who revealed that in spite of the striking increase in the labour force and the organisations which got licences in the last few years, there has been no growth in the number of inspectors.

It is really shocking that there are a meagre 80 inspectors in the labour ministry for the entire UAE. This in effect means that each inspector should be looking into the cases of about 34,000 labourers and has the responsibility of tracking 3,007 organisations. This shows that each inspector will be forced to check and inspect 14 organisations every day.

To be frank this is a mission impossible. The natural performance of each inspector is about four inspections. Besides, we are sure the severe shortage of inspectors in the ministry have a negative effect on the ministry's performance.

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