NYU reneges on its loud promises to pay the migrant workers who built its Abu Dhabi campus

By Warda Malik and Connor Pearce

In a Sept. 14 town hall on labor issues, NYU Abu Dhabi students were given the clearest statement yet on the university’s response to strike actions during the construction of Saadiyat Campus
Vice Chancellor Al Bloom stated that since striking is illegal in the UAE, NYU will not be required to reimburse or compensate employees who took industrial action, whether or not those employees are found to have been exempted from NYU’s labor standards.

The Statement of Labor Values, the governing document regarding NYU’s rights and obligations towards its employees, states that “the right of workers to seek resolution of labor disputes shall be recognized and respected. No worker shall be subject to harassment, intimidation or retaliation in their efforts to resolve work disputes.”

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