Dubai deports 4,000 workers for striking against poor salaries and work conditions

Posted on October 30, 2007


Dubai Workers

Source: Al-Jazeera

Four thousand Asian labourers in Dubai who staged strikes last weekend over poor salaries and working conditions are to be deported, a local newspaper says quoting a government official.

Several thousand manual workers recently stopped work and reportedly occupied and vandalised a building before attacking police and vehicles with stones.

Humaid bin Deemas, a senior official from the labour ministry, told the Emarat Al-Youm newspaper on Tueday there would be a “deportation of 4,000 labourers who went on strike and committed acts of vandalism”. “The appropriate bodies have been contacted to carry out the necessary measures [for their deportation],” bin Deemas said. “The labourers do not want to work and we will not force them to.”

On Sunday, the strike spread to three other areas in the city, with the local press reporting around 3,100 workers being involved. Police then moved in and returned the strikers to their accommodation blocks.

An estimated 700,000 migrant Asian labourers work as construction workers in the UAE, where fewer than 20 per cent of a population of four million are UAE citizens.

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