The labour class in Dubai is completely, totally, unapologetically fucked around with. These people live in camps, far away from the city, building skyscrapers in a city that really doesn’t have a space congestion problem. Yet, it wants to grow vertically.

Guess which strata of society isn’t experiencing ‘double digit growth’?

This story takes the cake.

The workers had protested on Saturday demanding an increase in basic pay and annual leave with an air ticket. They earn an average of Dh550-650. They continued the protest yesterday, which turned violent. About 8,000 workers went back to work after the rampage.

The company agreed to increase Dh2 per day on their basic salary and pay a two-way airfare when they go on leave every two years.

And some of these people haven’t got a raise for 18 years.

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