Guard is afraid to go home empty-handed
I completely agree with Brian (‘Spare a thought for those at the other end’, Letters June 16).
We all certainly cannot hold managerial positions but all of us have the right to be treated fairly and paid decently. The security guards and construction workers are unfortunately taken for granted and poorly paid.
The guards in my building hail from Pakistan and India.
Both of them work seven days a week for 12 hours a day. It really disappoints me that these guys are made to work even on Fridays. Upon inquiring I found out that they are compelled to work to be able to support their families back home and their monthly income is Dhs800, from which they have to pay for their own meals and other expenses.
The building’s management only provides them with accommodation that’s shared by eight-12 men in one room. Their passports are held by the management.
One of the security guards in our building has been avoiding going on his annual leave for more than four years, simply because he could not face his wife and children. He said he was unable to save a single penny and fears returning home empty-handed.
This is the plight of many living in the UAE. People continue to struggle to make their ends meet. To make the situation worse, the cost of living is ever-increasing in contrast with the salaries. I just hope the Government takes into consideration the dilemma of such workers who struggle to survive with limited income.
Fatima Suhail, Sharjah