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Mon 18 Aug 2008 05:22 PM

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Bangladeshis held after strike over low pay

Police in Kuwait arrest group of 16 cleaners in latest demonstration to hit Gulf state.

A group of Bangladeshi workers were arrested by police in Kuwait after starting strike action over low pay.

The protest on Sunday is the latest in a series of demonstrations by overseas workers which were quelled in the Gulf state in July.

Some 16 Bangladeshi workers were arrested by Kuwait police, expatriate welfare and employment secretary Abdul Matin Chowdhury told Bangladeshi website bdnews24.com Monday.

Attempts are underway to release them, he added. Quoting officials of the Bangladesh mission in Kuwait, he said some 16 Bangladeshis cleaners had downed tools and reportedly resisted the police.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti daily The Arab Times reported on Monday that some 20 Bangladeshis, working at the Kuwait Parliament Building, called the strike.

Social affairs and labour minister Bader Al-Duwailah said measures would be taken against companies that were depriving workers of their deserved salaries.

Kuwait police arrested at least 800 Bangladeshi workers last month, and deported more than 1,129 workers to Bangladesh.

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