Firms fined for poor worker liv­ing con­di­tions

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Eight con­struc­tion firms in the UAE cap­i­tal have been fined for mak­ing em­ploy­ees live in crammed and sub­stan­dard ac­com­mo­da­tion. Abu Dhabi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­leased images of the liv­ing quar­ters in which work­ers stayed on three-deck beds with oth­ers sleep­ing on the floor. In some images, kitchen items such as saucepans and plates were placed in filthy boards next to the work­ers’ beds. Abu Dhabi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity yes­ter­day said such poor ac­com­mo­da­tions pose a threat to the safety of work­ers and the com­mu­nity. Of­fi­cials said the vi­o­la­tors were caught dur­ing re­cent in­spec­tions tar­get­ing per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary work­ers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion in Al Sha­hama and sub­ur­ban ar­eas. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity said in a state­ment: “Com­pli­ance with such re­quire­ments would pro­tect work­ers from dan­gers of work­shops and oc­cu­pa­tional out­lets, en­sure com­pli­ance with en­vi­ron­men­tal, health and safety stan­dards and pro­vide max­i­mum safety at work.”

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