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Late Wages for Migrant Workers at a Trump Golf Course in Dubai

The Trump International Golf Club, which officially opened in February, is the centerpiece of Damac Hills, a gated complex of 4,000 luxury villas and 7,500 condos selling for up to $4 million each… While the president’s company, the Trump Organization, is not the workers’ employer, it manages the properties through a partnership with Damac, one of Dubai’s largest real estate developers…The migrant workers make $200 to $400 a month, money that frequently comes weeks or months late, prompting recent strikes...The workers say they struggle to cover debts amassed in paying recruitment agents for their jobs, while confronting physical hardships and violations of their rights under local labor laws. Most of the workers interviewed...have been employees of a local construction company, Al Arif, which has a contract from Damac to build parts of the course and surrounding villas at Damac Hills…The workers at Al Arif…described a constant state of anxiety over when they would be paid…[T]he workers said their employer held their passports, which also violates national law…

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