Workers complain of poor living conditions

ABU DHABI — Workers employed by ‘Q.C.C.,’ a construction company here, have protested against being in the dark, literally, with no electricity supply. They said they had no clean drinking water, and bugs and pests infesting their labour camp.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 17 Apr 2005, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:04 PM

“We have been staying in the dark for a long time now. Whenever we complain to the company about electricity, they say it will be fixed the next day. There is no clean drinking water either. Everything is bad in the camp and there are lots of bugs and insects,” one of the 24 Asian labourers said.

The workers approached the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs yesterday and lodged a complaint against their sponsor with the Labour Dispute Department.

Another serious grievance they aired was over pending salaries, which they alleged, had not been paid to them in the past four months.

The labourers said they were worried since the company had allegedly begun selling all its equipment, but there was no sign of the workers getting their entitlements.

“We are worried because it looks like the company is going to close down, since it has started selling its equipment,” another labourer said.

Three labourers of the protesting group claimed that the company had taken Dh2,000 from each of them to issue them labour cards.

“Three years ago, the company collected Dh2,000 from the three of us in return for labour card, but neither did they give us the card nor did they return the money,” a labourer said.

The ministry has summoned the sponsor to investigate the labourers’ claims in an attempt to settle the problem amicably.

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