New labour section at Indian Consulate

Consulate now has an exclusive section for dealing with labour woes.

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  July 9, 2005

Indian construction workers involved in labour disputes can now seek help at the new labour section that has been opened at the Indian Consulate in Dubai. The consulate has converted part of the building that previously housed the consul general’s residence, into an ‘advice clinic’ for site workers. The move follows the launch of Construction Week’s ‘Build Respect’ campaign, which has drawn support from several consulates in the UAE. Apart from separate visa and attestation departments, there is now a fully fledged labour section that will attend exclusively to workers in need of any kind of help or guidance. At a press conference held at the consulate, the consul general, YK Sinha, said: “There is a separate section that is dealing with labour, and a separate wing headed by the labour consul that deals not only with disputes, but with labour issues in general. “For the convenience of the labourers, this room is on the ground floor in the new annex at the entrance, thus making it the most accessible room in the consulate. “It is primarily meant for blue collared workers from India who are facing work- related problems or any other issues related to their status.” Previously, due to a severe lack of space, queues would often extend onto the pavements outside the consulate building, resulting in many workers having to make several return trips. The labour consul, KM Venugopalan, said: “The new section will be open from 8.30 am from Saturday to Wednesday. “The gates will close at 11 am but all those inside will be attended to as far as possible. “Most of the workers’ problems should be sorted out by my colleagues in the labour section, but if the problem requires special attention they can come up and see me on the first floor and I will try my best to sort it out as soon as possible.”

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