KERALA

UAE deports 60 workers

Gulfround-up

Dubai: United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have deported the first batch of 60 out of 185 workers, including many Indians, who were arrested last week for indulging in violence during a protest in Dubai.

About 8,000 workers of the Dubai-based company ETA Ascon had gone on a protest from March 11 demanding a hike in their basic salary and a two-way airfare when they go on leave every two years. The protest turned violent on the second day and the workers destroyed company vehicles and injured their manager.

Abdullah Saeed Bin Suloom, head of the inspection unit in the Labour Ministry and deputy director of the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs, said the main reason for the deportation of workers in this particular case was their violent behaviour.

The protestors had gone back to work following negotiations with the management and officials of the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs in Dubai, where it was decided to give the agitating workers an increase of Dh.2 (Rs.24) a day in their basic salary and a two-way airfare once in two years.

``Now we regret the protest. It is not easy to get a new job. I feel sorry for my colleagues who are deported,'' an Indian worker was quoted as saying by the Gulf News.

The company said the deported workers included Nepalese, Indians and Bangladeshis. PTI