45 Indian workers jailed in Dubai for violent strike

February 25th, 2008 - 3:17 pm ICT by admin  

Dubai, Feb 25 (IANS) Forty five Indian workers have been sentenced to six months in jail followed by deportation for indulging in violent protests demanding better salaries. “This is a first-of-a-kind ruling. There are legal channels and legitimate methods for workers, who deem they are underpaid, to claim their rights instead of rioting violently and unlawfully. Workers should resort to the concerned authorities to claim their rights and not through violent rioting,” Judge Jasem Baqer, head of the Dubai Criminal Court, told the Gulf News newspaper.

The workers were found guilty of endangering public security, damaging properties and inciting other workers to strike work late last year.

The newspaper report said court records showed some of the accused confessed to organising the strikes by distributing pamphlets in labour camps.

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