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Striking Abu Dhabi workers return to work news
23 July 2007

Mumbai: Workers at the Ruwais industrial area, most of them Indians, in Abu Dhabi have called off a strike following assurances by Indian mission officials.

Over 6,000 protesting workers from two labour camps in the Ruwais industrial area took to the streets demanding higher salary and better living conditions. Riot police had to be called after more than 5,000 workers went on a rampage damaging buses and furniture inside a labour camp, reports said.

The striking workers demanded that the company must increase their wages and provide them with better food inside the labour camps.

They also complained that their monthly package does not include payment for Friday, a Gulf Today report said.

"Many of us are in frustrated mood because we are being paid very less salaries. The standard of living inside the labour camps is bad," the report quoted on worker as saying.

"We are not provided with good food and the company does not pay us according to labour laws of the UAE," he said.

The labourers have asked the company to raise the salary by DHS5 (approx $1.36) per day.

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