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Striking Dubai workers face mass deportation

 
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates - A world away from the glitzy skyscrapers and pulsing nightclubs of downtown Dubai, Bangladeshi labourer Mohamed Ashraf stares at the metal gates of his labour camp, terrified about his future after management broke a strike at the company where he has worked for six years.

Backed by security forces, bosses at Arabtec - a massive construction firm with interests across the oil-rich Gulf states - ended a strike on Monday, but the fallout continues as more workers are receiving deportation orders.

"Between 20-25 people just got the [deportation] letter now," Ashraf, a scaffolding installer at Arabtec, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday after receiving a phone call from a co-worker.

"When we got the news of the [first] deportations [on Monday] everyone came down shouting. When the police came, we just went back to our rooms. People were trying to be part of the group without coming to the front," he said.

Unions and strikes are illegal in Dubai and across the Gulf and rather than demonstrating or holding placards, a few thousand workers simply stayed in their accommodations last weekend and didn't show up for work.

The strike ended after management refused to accept demands for increased wages from people earning about $200 a month to complete mega-projects in 40 degree Celsius heat. Worker demands varied from a monthly pay raise of between $100-$135, while others wanted free food that they say was promised to them.

Arabtec, Dubai's largest construction firm, has tens of thousands of employees and contracts to work on the city's airport, the Abu Dhabi branch of the Louvre museum, and other high-profile projects.

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[link to www.aljazeera.com]
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Slumdogs and Millionaires

It is a place in the sun for over a million of us who holiday there every year. It boasts a host of luxury apartments that has celebrities flocking. But behind the glitz and glamour of Dubai often lies a murky world of exploitation and an immigrant work force living on the breadline.

[link to news.bbc.co.uk]
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Modern Slavery in Un-Islamic Dubai - wonder what they have to say about it. Blatantly hypocritic








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Looks like same story everywhere in the ME - here is news from Jeddah about Muslims cheating muslim bretheren

Bangladeshi cleaners accuse employer of exploitation

[link to arabnews.com]

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Saudi Arabian businesses oppose SR 6,000 minimum wage for nationals

Looks like the things will get heated up and interesting - now that they are opposing the minimum wages of 1600 USD for their own nationals

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Saudi businessmen have unanimously rejected a proposal made by the National Workers’ Committee to increase the minimum wage of Saudis in the private sector to SR 6,000.
The committee made the recommendation during the Social Dialogue Forum organized by the Ministry of Labor, which ended its deliberations in Jeddah yesterday.
“We made the proposal taking into account realistic criteria, which showed that the minimum wage should be SR 6,000,” said Nidal Radwan, president of the committee.
“We feel that in order to lead a decent life, a worker needs a minimum of SR 5,837 excluding luxury items and expenses such as telephone and the Internet,” he said.
Although employers refused to consider this amount as a minimum wage, all parties agreed that it guarantees a dignified life. “It is not surprising that employers find it difficult to change what has been the norm for the past 30 years. Therefore, we need rules and regulations that bind employers to pay the aforesaid minimum wages,” he added.

[link to arabnews.com]
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The Veil of Equality and Justice

[link to answering-islam.org]

Many in Muslim world want sharia as law of land: survey

[link to news.yahoo.com]

And then there is the other stuff - like all religions - another one that is full of contradictions and totally belonging to hypocrites





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