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300 cabbies protest over pay

Drivers hand in mass petitions to Abu Dhabi taxi regulatory authority over deduction in their salary.

Around Indian 300 cabbies in Abu Dhabi have petitioned the UAE capital's taxi regulatory authority over deductions in their salary that they claim makes them unable to make ends meet.

The mass petitions claim drivers' monthly salary of 1,200 dirhams ($327) has 260 dirhams deducted every month for their licence and training, along with up to 800 dirhams related to performance, UAE daily Gulf News reported on Sunday.

"We are from poor families who depend totally on our earnings. We are unable to repay the loans taken from banks for recruitment, so we request immediate action to get the offered monthly salary of 1,200 dirhams," the petitions said, according to the newspaper.

Thirty-two of the drivers have also petitioned the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars (TransAD) for their visas to be cancelled so they can return home.

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