Workers demand more wages

DUBAI — Even as police and Ministry of Labour (MoL) officials intervened successfully to diffuse the situation, hundreds of workers of a Dubai-based contracting company initially refused to work yesterday demanding an immediate increase in their monthly wages.

By Preeti Kannan Mary Nammour And Sebugwaawo Ismail

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Published: Mon 30 Jul 2007, 9:02 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:23 AM

The workers, who stayed back in their labour camp, were insisting on an a Dh300 salary hike to offset what they said were “spiralling living costs,” according to police and MoL officials who rushed to the labour camp after being informed of the situation. Their monthly salaries range from Dh550 to Dh800.

One of the workers, R.S, told Khaleej Times, “We want an increment in our basic salary by Dh300. We spend at least Dh 250 every month on food alone. Now that the price of all (even essential) commodities has gone up we want some increase in our salaries. We had even appealed to our company management earlier this month, but to no avail.”

Another worker, B.J., told Khaleej Times: “We have been working overtime for the past eight months and haven’t been compensated for that. Only now the company agreed to increase our monthly allowances by Dh50.” Humeid bin Demas, MoL Assistant Undersecretary, made it clear that such “illegal” action was unacceptable.

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