Indian workers jailed in Dubai over violent protest

DUBAI Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:41pm IST

Related Topics

A statue of Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, is carried in a taxi to a place of worship on the first day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

During Ganesh Chaturthi idols will be taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, and will be immersed in a river or the sea in accordance with Hindu faith.  Slideshow 

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Dubai court sentenced 45 Indian construction workers to six months in jail followed by deportation for involvement in violent protests to demand pay increases, a court official said on Sunday.

Late in 2007, labourers closed down roads, assaulted police and overturned vehicles in one of several protests calling for better pay and living conditions.

The court found the labourers guilty of charges including holding illegal gatherings, vandalism and violating public security, the official told reporters.

The sentences can be appealed within two weeks.

Dubai, part of the seven-member United Arab Emirates where labour unions are banned, has long faced criticism from human rights groups who say it turns a blind eye to cases of the non-payment of wages, lack of medical care and sub-standard housing for workers.

Construction workers in the booming Gulf trade hub, which is building the world's tallest tower and man-made islands, have long complained about poor working conditions.

The government has revised the labour law to include requirements that employers pay for migrant workers' travel, employment permits, medical tests and health care.

It has also closed down some workers' camps that do not meet health and safety standards in a crackdown on firms abusing foreign workers.

But in March, the New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch said a UAE draft labour law fell far short of international standards for the rights of workers.

Some of the problems begin in the workers' home countries, where many illiterate labourers are recruited with false promises of good pay and sign contracts they cannot read.

Foreigners, from labourers to high-income executives, comprise more than 85 percent of the UAE's population of about 4.5 million.

Many cities in the Gulf region are growing as governments plough oil revenue windfalls into ambitious development and infrastructure projects that rely on guest workers, mainly from the Indian subcontinent.

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Modi In Japan

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Book Talk

Book Talk

Reema Abbasi and a glimpse of Pakistan’s Hindu past  Full Article 

Coal Block Scam

Coal Block Scam

Govt urges Supreme Court to not cancel some 'illegal' coal mines.  Full Article 

Market Pulse

Market Pulse

Nifty surges past 8,000 to record high.  Full Article 

Pakistan Protests

Pakistan Protests

Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV.  Full Article 

McCarthy Marries

McCarthy Marries

Actress Jenny McCarthy marries pop star Donnie Wahlberg  Full Article 

U.S. Open

U.S. Open

Federer marches on as wild weather, upsets hit U.S. Open   Full Article 

New iPhone

New iPhone

New Apple iPhone to have "mobile wallet" function - Bloomberg.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage