Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority launches labour housing survey
The Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority (SLSDA) recently launched the GIS-based Labour Housing Survey in the Emirate of Sharjah.
The survey aims to develop best practices to improve work environments for labourers in the emirate.
The initiative was launched in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to provide the best services to labourers in the Emirate of Sharjah.
The survey is being conducted under the observation of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council.
Salem Yousef Al Qaseer, Chairman of the SLSDA, said, “The SLSDA is striving to improve the working environment in the Emirate of Sharjah by providing the best possible support and resources to labourers and employers to enable them to work in a world-class environment and perform their work efficiently. This will enable them to effectively contribute to the economic development process in the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE.”
He added: “The labour accommodations survey aims to document all the data in a database – this database is crucial as labour housing is a vital component of the working environment in Sharjah and the industrial areas of the emirate.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director of the SLSDA, said: “The survey aims to identify and locate all labour accommodations in the Emirate of Sharjah to produce an accurate data set of the number of accommodations and labourers. Moreover, the SLSDA also needs to classify these accommodations from sharing to individual, temporary to permanent and use serial barcodes to distinguish these accommodations.”
Furthermore, Director Al Qasimi added that the campaign will check the compliance with safety measures in terms of the materials used, electricity grids and water supply systems, in addition to the lighting and ventilation in the housing units, among other safety measures in the checklist.
The survey will examine the status of workers and will ensure they are provided with protection, safety and a decent life.
The survey uses the most up-to- date smart GIS technologies for surveying labour housing in the Emirate of Sharjah to enable the SLSDA to quickly survey and document labour camps.
To conduct the survey, the SLSDA formed an internal task force composed of 7 supervisors, 5 technical support officers and 24 surveyors to collect data.
The SLSDA aims to provide the necessary support to employers and employees working in the Emirate of Sharjah, in cooperation and coordination with concerned government agencies and private enterprises.