x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Building workers block traffic in protest over wages

More than two dozen construction workers staged a sit-in protest yesterday on a busy street in the Garhoud area.

DUBAI // More than two dozen construction workers staged a sit-in protest yesterday on a busy street in the Garhoud area.

They were demonstrating against non-payment of wages, according to a police officer.

The men formed a thin line as early as 7.30am, intending to block traffic on the opposite side of the crash barriers in front of their employer's offices.

Police rounded up the demonstrators three at a time, and took them away for questioning in patrol cars.

"We believe these men haven't been paid," a police officer at the scene said. "They don't know how to complain, so they carried out an illegal strike."

Muhamed Kutty, a photographer who was working nearby, said the men held up traffic for two hours on the side road.

They work for Keith International, a manpower company based in the Samhan building, according to the building watchman.

The company offices were closed yesterday, and calls for comment to three phone numbers listed with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce went unanswered.

The building watchman said employees were in the office the previous day.

 

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