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Indian striking workers in UAE to be deported

Local authorities are to hold high-level talks on Saturday with the management, the workers and Indian officials.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 22:48 IST

Hardening their stand, authorities in the UAE have decided to deport some of the workers, mostly Indians, who are staging a strike in Dubai against "ill treatment" meted out to them by their employers and detained seven of them.

Officials of the Indian consulate, who are mediating in the row, were told by the local authorities that a few of the workers are to be deported while seven labourers have been detained.

Local authorities are to hold high-level talkson Saturdaywith the management, the workers and Indian officials.

Indian Consul-General Yash Sinha will be attending the talks where the head of the Dubai Immigration department will also be present.

Indian consulate officials say that they have told the workers not to take the law into their own hands and follow proper mechanism like approaching the local authorities or the Consulate to bring in their demands.

Officials from the Indian consulate visited the workers at their labour camp. "The workers gave a list of their grievances to us. We are trying to find an amicable solution," they added.

Nearly 2,000 workers, 95 per cent of them Indians, of the Al Ahmadiyah Contracting Company allege ill treatment, arbitrary salary deductions and non-payment of overtime by the management for stopping work. The protests turned violent on Thursday evening.

First Published: Apr 28, 2006 22:48 IST