The appreciation of Indian currency, high cost of living and low payment forced more than 4000 Indian workers to start protesting against management last week in the Jebel Ali Industrial area in Dubai. The Indian workers, mainly from Rajasthan, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, had stopped working and resorted to violence last weekend for protesting against poor working conditions and low payment. Later, they were sent to jail by Dubai Police for violently protesting in the Industrial area.
Earlier, the Labour Ministry official in Abu Dhabi had issued a warning note to the protesters that those who would take violent means to protest will be booked and deported back immediately. According to the report, the Indian workers were asking to hike the wages more than the current Dh 600. They were asking for better living conditions and transport facilities also.
However, the Indian Consul for Labour and Welfare has said that none of the Indian workers have been deported till the date. According to Indian Consul, the management of the company has told him that it would send the workers back to work if they promise not to do the violent protest again in future.
At the same time, the company also said that Dubai Police had filmed some of the workers stirring violence during the protest, those workers, after the identification, would be deported.
The Indian consulate officials have also visited the jails to know about the welfare of the Indian prisoners held there after the violent protest. The Indian Government may negotiate with the Gulf countries to fix a minimum wage for workers to solve the problem permanently.