Desperate UAE worker’s suicide

This video says about itself:

Around 12 million foreign workers are estimated to live in the Gulf, where they are forbidden to form labour unions.

Some progress on workers’ rights has been achieved, and the labour laws on the books in certain countries, including the UAE, do technically protect workers, Azfar Khan, a senior migration specialist at the International Labour Organisation, told Al Jazeera.

But such laws often are not enforced due to “policy incoherence”, Khan said, especially in the UAE, where workers in different industries are covered by different sets of laws.

Still, the promise of higher wages seems likely to continue luring laborers to the Gulf. But the abandoned workers in the Sharjah camp say they want to return.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Worker suicides by jumping from Burj

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A migrant worker in his 30s jumped to his death on Tuesday from the 147th floor of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

A security source confirmed that an Asian man committed suicide by jumping from the 160-storey tower.

The man reportedly decided to take his own life after his request for leave was denied by his bosses at a firm located inside the Burj.

Twenty-two migrant workers were killed last week on the outskirts of the United Arab Emirates city of Al Ain after a construction truck swerved into a bus that was ferrying them to work. Another 24 were injured in what is being called the UAE’s deadliest road crash. Many of the victims were crushed by tons of sand and cement after the truck overturned and pinned the bus underneath it: here.

Bahrain Feature: Destruction of the Mosques: here.

BAHRAIN In less a month 1313 employees fired from jobs coz they utilized their basic constitutional & human rights: here.

14 thoughts on “Desperate UAE worker’s suicide

  1. I think UAE Laws should be more relux for the employers from poor countries who are working in UAE on low salaries. Because i have been there in UAE and found lot of people were not satisfied with the current laws of Labour.


  2. ICTU backs global anti-suicide day

    IRELAND: The Northern Ireland committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has pledged its backing for World Suicide Prevention Day.

    The event, which takes place tomorrow, is an annual opportunity for all sectors of the community to join together in raising awareness of the issue.

    An “Action 4 Change” rally is scheduled to take place outside Belfast City Hall from 12.30-1.30pm.

    Last year saw the highest ever number of suicides in the six counties with over 300 deaths.

    ICTU assistant general secretary Peter Bunting said: “We all want workforces which are happier and healthier, and as a result of both, more productive. In this time of added stress for many families public events such as World Suicide Prevention Day should be welcomed and supported.”


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