UAE to deport workers involved in protest

Written by Agencies | Dubai, October 29: | Updated: Oct 29 2007, 20:10pm hrs
Labour permits of hundreds of workers, including many Indians, involved in Saturday's violent protest outside the Jebel Ali Labour Camp have been cancelled and a life ban put on their entry to the UAE.

The UAE Ministry of Labour have cancelled their permits and the labourers are expected to be deported, a report said.

More than 4,000 construction workers, including a sizeable number from India, were involved in the protest outside their labour camp.

The majority of the workers are form India, an Indian official said without giving any numbers.

According to Khaleej Times, several hundred other workers of the same local contracting company also face deportation on similar charges of having indulged in violence and damaging public and private properties.

They have been put under tight security in their labour camp in Jebel Ali, the paper quoted a senior police official as saying.

"Their labour permits have already been cancelled by the Ministry of Labour and a life ban has been put on their entry to the UAE. The majority of labourers deported or facing deportation are reported to be of Asian origin," he told the paper.

"The riot police has cordoned off their labour camp in Jebel Ali, while Dubai police officials and security agencies have been put on high alert," he said.

The protesting labourers were demanding higher salary and better working conditions.