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Rights group urges UAE not to deport strikers

Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged the United Arab Emirates not to deport migrant building workers for staging a rare strike to demand better pay and conditions. "It would be scandalous if the UAE deported workers who have taken a courageous stand for their basic rights," HRW Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson said in a statement. The New York-based group cited media reports claiming authorities in the UAE had slapped deportation orders on 43 migrants who joined a strike by workers at the Arabtec construction giant.

Dubai contractor Arabtec says workers end strike

DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai contractor Arabtec <ARTC.DU> said on Wednesday a four-day strike by foreign workers seeking higher pay was over and the emirate's police chief said 200 of them would be repatriated. The company, in which Abu Dhabi state-owned fund Aabar owns a near 22-percent stake, did not say whether workers' demands for a wage hike of about $50 per month had been met. Thousands of workers stayed away from work from Saturday in a rare labor protest in Dubai where trade unions are banned.

UAE construction giant faces rare strike by workers demanding higher pay

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates-based construction company Arabtec says it's working to resolve a rare strike by labourers seeking higher wages. Labour protests are uncommon across the Gulf Arab states, which depend on workers mostly from South Asia for vital construction jobs. Entire teams of workers are often housed in crowded labour camps with basic services. UAE authorities have made arrests of strikers in the past but there also are concerns of wider protests.
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