PCLA to look at worker rights

The Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs (PCLA) has teamed up with Dubai Police Public Opinion Center to reinforce cooperation between the two parties for upcoming studies aimed at evaluating the current status of construction workers and their understanding of rights and obligations.

The Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs (PCLA) has teamed up with Dubai Police Public Opinion Center to reinforce cooperation between the two parties for upcoming studies aimed at evaluating the current status of construction workers and their understanding of rights and obligations.

The two parties will work together to obtain statistics depicting the level of labourers' satisfaction with regards to their living and working conditions as well as gauging awareness of their legal rights and duties.

The statistics will be gathered through questionnaires written in English, Arabic, Urdu and Hindi.

And for those who are illiterate, PCLA officials will collect the information verbally. The survey will commence this week and continue for 33 working days.

In an effort to resolve disputes arising from delayed salaries or harsh living conditions, the statistics will highlight areas of improvement to be made by contractors or the government through regular recommendations.

Brigadier Abdelqudous Abdul Razaq, director of general department of total quality said: "This agreement with the PCLA aims at ensuring the cooperation between the various government entities concerned with labourers."

The main clauses of the agreement stipulate the development and improvement of general safety standards and environmental safety at all labour accommodation in Dubai. The two parties aim to establish Dubai as a 'role model' in offering the best living and working conditions for its workers.

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