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Labour Protests At UAE Embassy, Demands Respect For African Migrant Workers In Gulf States

Author: Chinwe Madugba, Leadership (Nigeria), Published on: 12 June 2019

During a rally at the UAE embassy in Abuja [workers] condemned the maltreatment and abuses of Nigerians and other African labour migrants to the United Arab Emirates... the workers called for a halt or the genuine reform of the Khafala sponsorship system being practiced in Gulf states... [the protest letter] demanded among other things, decent wages and working conditions for African migrants, especially domestic workers; access to justice where the rights of migrants have been violated; enjoyment of labour rights, including right to freedom of association... “The objective is to ensure that the United Arab Emirates better guarantee rights to migrant workers in General, and Africans in particular, better living and working conditions, protecting them from abuses and exploitations of crooked entrepreneurs and employment agencies and traffickers," [it read].

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