UAE: Hiring of Workers through Agents may be Banned

ABU DHABI, Oct 22: The UAE government is contemplating new measures to completely stop hiring workers through recruitment agencies, Minister of Labour Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi has said.

Speaking to newsmen on the sidelines of a consultative forum on temporary work force here yesterday, Dr Kaabi said the measure was being mulled to curb exploitation of workers.

“We’ll make labour force recruitment confined to the UAE Ministry of Labour and the concerned ministries of the countries from where workers come. This will check exploitation of gullible workers who often fall victims to unscrupulous recruiting agents,” said Dr Kaabi. Elaborating on the new policy, the minister said his ministry, in cooperation with the concerned ministries of other countries, would soon reach an agreement to streamline the process of hiring of workers.

“We’ll pay a visit to Egypt very soon to reach an agreement in this regard,” Al Kaabi disclosed.

Dubai: One Killed, Two Injured in Trench Collapse

DUBAI, Oct 22: A labourer lost his life while two others were injured as the wall of a trench they were working at collapsed near Qusais Police station yesterday morning. The three got buried under the sands of the trench.

This was the third worksite death reported in two days in the emirate. On Saturday, two labourers had lost their lives when a beam of a demolished structure collapsed in Dubai Creek.

Dubai Police officials said yesterday’s accident occurred at around 11.30am when the workers were digging the trench. “While two of them got buried under the sands partially, the worker who died got buried completely,” said police officials. Helicopters were pressed in to transport the trapped workers to Rashid Hospital. However, one of the labourers who was trapped completely under the sands, had died on the accident spot itself.

The injured workers were identified as Harzat Barin (27) and Fadal Wahab (28), both hailing from Pakistan. The deceased also hailed from Pakistan but his personal details was not available.

The trench digging work is being carried out as part of the Roads and Transport Authority’s new project.

Eyewitnesses said they had seen the men trapped under the sand crying for help. “Police cordoned off the area,” said Salam Madayil, an eyewitness.

Dubai Police senior officials, including Khamis Mattar Al Mazina, director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation, Abdul Jalil Mehdi, deputy director of Preventive Security Department, Anas Al Matroushi, deputy director of Operation Room of Dubai Police, and Dr Mohammed Nasir, director of Qusais Station, rushed to site and supervised the rescue operations. Dubai Civil Defence officials were also present at the site.


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  • Bangra, manjeswar

    Wed, Oct 24 2007

    First time I hear something useful and purposeful to life and fellow beings are considered as human beings, hats off to the thinking and pray that the vision is clear and it really happens and evey labourer is rewarded properly for the work he has done and not the money going to middle man and labour brokers and recruitment agencies who are just minting money at the cost of this fellow beingsm totally exploited, needless to say the pain and conditions are pathetic and we have so many animal actvist but no proper attention for the human suffering. I sincerely hope every care and proper attention is given to this matter thru all the exporting countries like India, Bangladesh, Phillipines, Nepal and clear idea and commitment from all concerned authority is given top priority as much as for other issues like global warming, fuel prices, wto and other serious matters for the rich and super rich of this world.

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