‘Slave Labor’: Migrants Building Guggenheim, Louvre In UAE ‘Treated Like Battery Hens’ – 6 April 2015

RT logoAn International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has slammed conditions faced by migrant workers building Abu Dhabi’s $27-billion Saadiyat Island cultural hub, set to feature new branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim museums.

The trade union said on its website the world-renowned Guggenheim museum “has stepped foot in a region infamous for abuse” and had “failed to guarantee fundamental rights for its [migrant] workers” who “live a dozen or more to a room, work 15-hour days, and are beaten for striking.”

In an effort “to help unmask the abuse,” the ITUC, which represents 176 million workers worldwide, has launched a petition, saying the viewing of modern art in UAE is being enabled “by modern-day slavery.”

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