The labour camp of a company belonging to the spokesman of the Ministry of Labour was raided by labour inspectors recently and some violations of minor nature were detected.
“Labour inspectors conducted a surprise raid on the labour lodging of my own company and detected some violations which were of minor nature. We have been asked to improve the conditions at the camp to conform to the labour law,” the spokesman, Hamad Al Attiyah, told The Peninsula yesterday.
According to him, one of the violations was that some rooms had bunk beds and blankets used by the workers were not in good condition. “As per labour rules, rooms accommodating workers are not supposed to have bunk beds,” said Al Attiyah.
“I have told the manager of my company to ensure that the conditions at the workers’ lodging conform strictly to the labour legislation,” he said.
The Ministry, Al Attiyah said, had recently suspended transactions with 82 private firms covered under the labour law, for violating some key provisions of the labour legislation and warned them that if they do not correct their situation, legal action could be initiated.
The official said the raids were conducted on these companies during an intensive drive early this month.
The labour ministry has, meanwhile, received requests from some 345 nationals who were laid off by various government departments during revamping, for employment.
The ministry has assured them that they would soon be accommodated in the private sector.
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