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4,100 Indians jailed in Dubai for demanding better pay

Oct 31, 2007 01:51 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: Around 4,100 Indians working in the Jebel Ali Industrial area in Dubai have been jailed for allegedly protesting violently for better pay.

The Indian Consul for Labour and Welfare has confirmed that none of the workers have been deported yet. He said the management of the company have agreed to send the labourers back to work if they promised not to indulge in violence again.

But the company has said police in Dubai had filmed some of the workers inciting violence, and those workers would be deported.

The Indian Consul General in the United Arab Emirates has said he is in touch with Government authorities there.

Meanwhile, the consulate officials have been regularly visiting the jails to enquire about the welfare of the prisoners including those currently held there after the labour unrest.

The labourers, most of them from Rajasthan, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, had struck work and resorted to violence last weekend over poor working conditions and low pay.

A senior Labour Ministry official in Abu Dhabi had warned that all violent protestors will be booked and deported. The protesters were demanding wages higher than the current Dh 600, better living conditions and transport facilities.

The workers were hit by appreciating rupee, high cost of living and low pay which reduced their savings to almost nothing.

According to reports, the Indian Government may negotiate with the Gulf countries regarding minimum wage for workers to find a permanent solution to the problem.

(With agency inputs)

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