Arabtec strikers back down in return to work

UAE construction firm says two-week strike by workers over pay and conditions is now over.
Arabtec strikers back down in return to work
By Angela Giuffrida
Sun 11 Nov 2007 10:26 AM

Arabtec has announced that the strike by its workers - which lasted almost two weeks - is now over.

The workers downed tools on 1 November over pay and conditions.

Riad Kamal, the CEO of Arabtec Construction, said that an agreement reached between management and its workforce brought the dispute to an end.

"The desired result has been achieved after several meetings with the officials of the Ministry of Labour, the UAE Contractors Association, the Dubai Police headquarters and the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs in the Emirate of Dubai."

But Kamal declined to go into detail on what agreement was reached with the workers.

"There are too many sensitive issues involved, so it is better that we don't go into too much detail. The important thing is the men are back at work and they are happy."

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