DUBAI: Thousands of workers employed by Dubai's largest construction firm, Arabtec, stayed away from work yesterday to back wage demands, staff said.
Two Arabtec employees who asked not to be identified said several thousand workers engaged on various projects did not report for duty and stayed in their accommodation.
A sub-contractor confirmed the stoppage, saying he had to call back his workers from one Dubai worksite after Arabtec labourers failed to show up.
An Arabtec spokesperson said: "We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, alongside the Ministry of Labour and the Police Authority."
The UAE Labour Ministry said a team of the ministry's labour crisis management committee was "closely following the work stoppage by a number of Arabtec's workers".
The ministry added that Arabtec was paying the workers according to contracts it had signed with them, and said their accommodation was in compliance with labour regulations.