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Dubai‘s Dirty Little Secret
Aug 5, 2007
The Middle East’s boomtown is built on the backs of exploited foreign workers.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Dubai workers continue strike into third day
Monday 20 May 2013
by Our Foreign Desk
Thousands of workers employed by Dubai’s largest construction company Arabtec stayed out on strike for a third day to back wage demands today.
It was a rare labour protest in the Gulf emirate where trade unions are banned.
An strikers’ spokesman said that the walkout began on Saturday and the workers were determined not to end it without a pay rise.
“They are upset at the low wages and also about not being paid for overtime work,” one striker said, claiming that workers at his site were only paid between £105 and £124 a month.
“We have not been working for the past three days,” added one worker from a labour camp in Dubai Investments Park.
“Staff salary was increased but not ours. We want at least a 200 dirham (£35) increase in our salaries,” said the worker, who earns a monthly wage of Dh800 (£143). People have come from the labour court and negotiations are on.”
The strike is not the first labour dispute to affect Arabtec. In 2011, 70 workers were arrested on charges of instigating a 3,000-man protest over wage demands.
And in November 2007 around 30,000 Arabtec workers went on a 10-day strike to demand a pay increase.
Arabtec workers back at work after protest
Thousands were demanding overtime pay and a salary increase
By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
Published: 00:24 May 21, 2013
Dubai: Thousands of workers employed by Dubai’s largest construction firm, Arabtec, who stopped work demanding a salary increase and overtime pay are back at their worksites after being promised their issues will be sorted out.
On Saturday the Arabtec workers in Abu Dhabi stopped work while the company’s Dubai workers joined in on Sunday — also demanding they receive overtime pay and a salary increase.
The workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries stayed in their accommodation.
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