Revealed: Dubai Police helped workers recover $67m in unpaid wages

Reduction in number of strikes has been put down to the establishment of a helpline for workers to contact them
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By Neil Halligan
Mon 25 May 2015 12:50 PM

Dubai Police helped workers in the emirate recover $6.35 million in unpaid wages over a period of 15 months, according to statics released this week.

The Temporary Workers Monitoring Section at Dubai Police’s Human Rights department said that $490,000 was recovered in the first three months of this year, and during the past six years it has recovered a total of $67 million for workers, according to the report in Khaleej Times.

The number of strikes by workers during 2014 totalled 35, compared with 87 in 2010. Dubai Police dealt with 12 protests during the first three months of this year, most of which were related to pay disputes.

Dr Mohammed Al Murr, director of the General Department of Human Rights, told the newspaper that the drop in strikes was because Dubai Police established a helpline for workers to contact them. The helpline saw a 40 percent rise in calls between 2013 and 2014 (from 1,007 to 1,405).

“This rise is a good indicator as complaints help us in assisting and solving disputes,” said Dr Al Murr.

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