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PostSubject: Protesting workers claim they are underpaid and overworked   Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:05 pm

Gulf News 21 august :

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Protesting workers claim they are underpaid and overworked

Dubai: Chinese workers from Jebel Ali Free Zone, who were protesting outside the Ministry of Labour yesterday, were told to direct their complaints to the Jebel Ali Free Zone authority as they are the responsible body.

A Jafza (Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority) official told Gulf News: "There is a general misconception among people that they can come to the Ministry of Labour when they have concerns, even if they are working in Jebel Ali Free Zone, while in reality they are only registered at the Naturalisation and Residency Department and not at the Ministry of Labour."

Some 40 Chinese workers of a company in the free zone protested yesterday in front of the labour ministry against harsh working conditions and asked to get back recruitment charges that they paid to a company in China to obtain jobs here. The workers complained they were paid much less than agreed in the contract.

"We are working long hours and are paid very little," said one worker. "If I was to work in China I would have earned more, I want to go back home," said another.

Hassan Magoafang, labour relations representative at the Chinese community centre, said: "Many workers come here and discover the jobs stated in their contracts are different from the ones they end up doing."

A company representative denied the workers' salaries were delayed. He said the real problem was that many of the workers wanted to go back to China and were demanding the recruitment charges which they paid back home.

"There can be no wage dispute involved as Jafza is very strict with the payment system and any company that does not pay salaries on time is blocked immediately, but if the workers file a complaint with us we will investigate it," said a Jafza official.

Police told Gulf News the workers agreed to leave the ministry after they understood they should file their complaints with Jafza.

Free zone workers protesting against harsh working conditions at the Ministry of Labour. They say they could have earned more if they had stayed in their home country.
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