On the occasion of the World Day for Decent Work, celebrated on October 7 each year, His Excellency Salem Yousef Al Qaseer, Chairman of the Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority stressed the importance of meeting the decent work requirements. He highlighted the improvement achieved in this regard in the Emirate of Sharjah in providing the basic rights of workers in the emirate, especially their right to decent work. Al-Qasaeer attributed the interest in improving decent work in the Emirate of Sharjah to the support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and to the direct instructions of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince, Deputy Ruler and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Sharjah. He also pointed to the sincere efforts and fruitful cooperation of the public and private sectors.
Al Qaseer also highlighted the LSDA’s efforts and its partners in the public and private sectors, to improve working conditions and to respect the basic human rights of workers as part of the labor standards that guarantee productive and freely chosen jobs in a work environment that enhances the protection, health, and well-being of workers. He said, "The mere establishment of the LSDA by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, is a testimony of Sharjah's interest in work environment and rights of workers, and in having work relations based on equal opportunities, equality, fairness, and balance."
He stressed the importance of the labour standards for workers, as they represent a foundation to decent work. “Work is not a commodity that can be negotiated to bring the largest profit or the lowest price but is part of the daily life of workers and a necessity for their dignity, well-being, and development as human beings. Labor standards also aim to provide guarantees for the worker's rights to decent, productive, and freely chosen work, voluntarily and transparency, and to enhance job security, social and welfare of the worker.
He added that labour standards also aim to enhance the economic development plan in the Emirate of Sharjah by securing a stable, balanced, and productive labour market governed by pioneering and distinguished labor standards that contribute to improving productivity and economic performance. Such standards provide more satisfaction and happiness for workers and improve their performance and loyalty.