Rioting workers in labour camp protest

Rioting over at Dubai labour camp but worker protest enters third day

2,000 workers refused to work
2,000 workers refused to work

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Reports that a security guard was killed during rioting involving 2,000 workers at a labour camp in the Al Quoz district of Dubai have been denied by the camp's manager.

He told Construction Week Online that security guards and workers were injured when a New Years party at the camp turned violent.

Local media reports have claimed that the trouble started after guards tried to break up a fight between some workers and were allegedly attacked. A spokesman for camp owners HR Jams Solutions is quoted by 7DAYS newspaper as saying that: "Some other guards recipocated and assaulted a worker."

Despite the presence of local police, rioting is said to have continued into Sunday, leaving buses, furniture and windows wrecked in its wake.

Although the exact details were not confirmed by the camp manager, he did describe the workers as angry about a "little management issue" before adding that the situtation has now calmed.

"They were too angry," he said. "But we hope now that this can be resolved and that they will be back to work tomorrow."

A spokesman at the HR Jams Solutions office in Dubai also confirmed that, although the workers were once again refusing to work this morning, negotiations were underway with them to settle the dispute.


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