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There are allegations that Burj Dubai has been built using laborers mainly from India and Pakistan who toiled round the clock for just $5 a day. Are there no international laws to prevent this kind of slavery / exploitation? Your views on this.

Asked by Good Citizen, 04 Jan '10 02:35 pm
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These are not allegations but real facts, which any NRI would vouch for having been first hand witness to the pitiable and abominable living conditions that exist for these semi-skilled or unskilled labourers in the United Arab Emirates and many other Arab countries. These are people who because of their economic condition, look to the world of the black gold, setting out to these unknown shores to work for a few years in the hope that they would be able to save something to send back home and also to save up for either paying back debts or to build a home. But once they are brought in, they are treated like cattle, housed in isolated housing shacks well out of these glitzy cities and forced to live in subhuman conditions. Their passports are taken on arrival and they are from then on virtual prisoners, that even if they run away they can\'t get away from the country. Every body has been turning a blind eye to this and all international laws on fair treatment of labour are ign ...more
Answered by Omega, 05 Jan '10 09:07 pm

 
  
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Most workers from India belong to Telangana districts eeking a livelyhood there. This itself justifies the demand for a separate TELANGANA state
Answered by IRAGAVARAPU JAGANNATHASWAMY, 07 Jan '10 10:59 am

 
  
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Labour colonies are a well known phenominon in the Middle East. And people still flock to them because the situation in home base is worst. People from India who toil for $5 per day aren\'t your graduates or folk who do biz like most of us here but are from an environment where they live like slaves themselves in India and Pak. As far as the Emirates goes, the type of accomodation a blue collar gets is largely dependent on the jurisdiction of the Shiekh u end up working under. As a blue collar If u work under a concern that falls under the Emirati Shiekh from Dubai, then I can say u got lucky. Well, if u get work under a concern that falls under the Emirati Shiekh from Sharjah, Ajman , Fujiera u r pretty much screwed. A Sharjah Shiekh can have an operating concern in Dubai as well, and jurisdiction wise, it goes under Sharjah Shiekh\'s. Actually, the so called \"mainstream\" Communist party HAS TO take this issue up by the fact they remain silent about it mak ...more
Answered by A Moin, 06 Jan '10 06:27 pm

 
  
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How can you term it as SLAVERY/EXPLOITATION? The workers are NOT FORCED work there, they work there by own wish, if they they want to do, who is FORCING THEM TO DO? Also what you are telling as JUST 5$, its Indian Value is Rupees-240. So, the same labour for same work gets only Rs.120-180 here in INDIA. So, will you say India is EXPLOITING WORKERS HERE? if they work for 240 rupees per dya for 30 days, they get upto 7200/- rupees. Werein India they can get only upto 5000/- That way I think Dubai is doing Good for the Labourers.
Answered by Peace Maker, 04 Jan '10 03:36 pm

 
  
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We can not help this . There are contractor who might have hired them from INDIA ,But ,nothing can be done for low wages.
Answered by venkatesaldevarajan, 04 Jan '10 03:09 pm

 
  
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Salary is dictated by market. People are willing to work for even lesser salary there. For example, Nepalis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans. If you do not want to work, do not work. Nobody forces you to work. Dubai did not break any law by paying $5 per day. Take a look at India and its payment to laborers there. Even the minimum wages are far less compared to the above and it is not enforced properly. What about all those Bangladeshi workers illegally employed by all the big companies in India? India not only encourages human trafficking but also supports a sort of slavery and exploitation indirectly.
Answered by Tony Fernandez, 04 Jan '10 02:59 pm

 
  
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Yes but it seems to be too late to raise such questions today, as it is inaugurated today
Answered by rajnikant raiyarela, 04 Jan '10 02:39 pm

 
  
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I was there for many days yes60% of workers got $5
Answered by mohd basheer, 04 Jan '10 02:38 pm

 
  
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