Workers striking in Dubai face deportation

Posted on May 25, 2013 • Filed under: Expatriate Arrested, Middle East

A world away from the glitzy skyscrapers and pulsing nightclubs of downtown Dubai, Bangladeshi labourer Mohamed Ashraf stares at the metal gates of his labour camp, terrified about his future after management broke a strike at the company where he has worked for six years, according to an Al Jazeera report. Backed by security forces, bosses at Arabtec – a massive construction firm with interests across the oil-rich Gulf states – ended a strike on Monday, but the fallout continues as more workers are receiving deportation orders. “Between 20-25 people just got the [deportation] letter now,” Ashraf, a scaffolding installer at Arabtec, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday after receiving a phone call from a co-worker. Read article

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