Expatriate worker protesting for better wages faces deportation

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Dubai, Oct 28 (UNI) Expatriate workers of a construction company, including several Indians, involved in yesterday's violent protests in Dubai's industrial hub of Jebel Ali will be deported, UAE Labour Minister Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi has said.

The government will consider deporting all protesters involved in vandalising police vehicles and public property irrespective of their numbers and placing a life ban on them from entering the UAE again, the official news agency WAM quoted the Minister as saying in Abu Dhabi.

The workers were demanding an increase of Dh 200 to Dh 400 in the modest Dh 600 they get, better living conditions and more buses to travel to work.

The protesters turned violent when police tried to car them off as they blocked the Jebel Ali Industrial Road. They pelted the police patrol and passing motorists with stones.

''We live in bad conditions. Everything around us in our accommodation is dirty and unhygienic,'' a worker said. The contracting company has six accommodation colonies housing 4000 workers.

''We will not be lenient with anyone who violates the country's law and threaten the security of the public,'' Dr Al Ka'abi said in a statement in response to the protest.

Humaid Bin Deemas, assistant undersecretary at Ministry of Labour, told Gulf News: ''There are several channels for workers to express their grievances and to demand their rights, but to protest without a valid reason is against the Labour Law and to commit act of violence is against the law and order of this country.'' UNI

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