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Thousands of workers in Dubai…

August 31, 2009 1:41 by

Thousands of workers in Dubai went on strike on Monday, demanding better wages from their employer, reports The National.  More than 2,000 workers from Al Habtoor Engineering stopped work in Deira and briefly halted traffic in the area, before police took charge of the situation. Workers from the company also held protests in Jebel Ali.

“All the overtime that we were allowed to do has stopped and our salaries are not enough for us to survive. We are demanding for a raise in the salary,” Abdul Rahman, one of the workers at the site told the paper. However company officials said that the problem has been resolved.

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  1. lazo1000 on September 1, 2009 6:23 am

    haw the problem has been resolved ???

  2. J Krishnan Nair on September 1, 2009 7:14 am

    Employee rights violations are visible at all levels of UAE. It used to be worser earlier. An over emphasis on Arabic contracts, the slavery sponsorship system, the enshackling 6 month ban, the artificially over-expensive legal process etc result in massive employee and human rights violations.

    Yet UAE is better than most other countries like Saudi. UN, ILO and USA should do something the employee rights violation and HR violations in this region. These countries try to bribe USA and Europe by buying Boeing and Airbus at any price!!

  3. Sohan Manikot on September 1, 2009 7:32 am

    This is not the first time that this type of things are happening in Dubai. There are N number of cases like this through out Dubai and Sharjah. It a shame that even after things coming in paper and medai the companies get out of it unharmed and no action is taken. And the twist is this companies know that they wont be prosecuted.

  4. M Kutty on September 1, 2009 8:07 am

    I suggest the contracting companies should treat the workers as human beings and give them better facilities.

  5. mishal on September 1, 2009 9:15 am

    This is the same company whose owner says that he has over 1 Billion US Dollars to invest overseas? This is Ramadan. His priority should be to the people who make him his money. We are taught in Islam that what goes out must come back. Something to think about.

  6. AhoFbar on September 1, 2009 9:29 am

    Oh being new to dubai, I didn;t know that…

    Long live worker’s revolution!

  7. AhoFbar on September 1, 2009 9:31 am

    Continued from above….



  8. Proud Indian on September 1, 2009 12:00 pm

    NO amount of just writing comments will make a difference. Use the right stick to address the issue. Each of us should employ common sense ways of making them pay for such dastardly human rights violations. Do the below & inform your friends to do so too.

    – Don’t buy any real estate here. Indians are one of the largest groups of buyers of real estate. Make that a difference. Buy in India, US or UK or anywhere that treats you like an equal human.

    – Dont splurge on retail here. Buy only what u must. Rest send it back home. In any case, this recession demands it.

    Am sure we can all think of many more such ways. Key thing is action starting now, and just not talk, will make them CHANGE.

  9. mark farmer on September 2, 2009 3:45 pm

    Shocking. After all the international publicity on the nastiness of human rights abuses and lack of labour relations in this region, Dubai is still caught with its trousers down on the basic issues. If someone indiginous to this society wasn’t paid on time, had his or her passport withheld etc., there would be uproar. I am reminded of the saying: ‘if you cut me, do I not bleed’. That saying applies to everyone by the way.

  10. Amin on September 3, 2009 11:57 am

    None of the friendly-to-the-holy-Autho. comentators around this topic….Can’t seem to convince themselves to speak…Or is the hunger taking its toll finally….(in latter case, I’d have it year-round!!)

    Keep Smiling.


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