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Reem Island construction workers on strike over wage delay – report

Local daily National cites witnesses stating that workers took off their uniforms and threw the site's entrance key into the sea

Reem Island is the home of Abu Dhabi's Reem Mall.
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Reem Island is the home of Abu Dhabi's Reem Mall.

Hundreds of construction workers behind a Reem Island project are said to have gone on strike owing to non-payment by their employer, according to a report by local daily The National.

Citing witnesses, the daily reported that the labourers were heard “shouting”, while a security guard reportedly said he “saw an employee throw a key to the construction site entrance into the sea”.

Another witness reportedly said she saw workers wandering in the area after having taken off their uniforms.

Residents living close to the construction site said they “awoke to shouts from labourers early in the morning”.

One resident, speaking to the National, said she had not noticed any progress on the construction site in the two years she had lived across from it.

She reportedly added: “It just looks the same and other buildings are constructed in much faster time. It has been under construction for so long.”

The National said it had yet to confirm whether the dispute had been resolved.

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