NYUAD Needs to be Proactive about Fair Labor Standards on Saadiyat Island

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Faiyaz Azim
6 years ago
Migrant workers have left a lot behind in their respective countries. They move to countries such as the UAE with the hope of earning a better income and life prospects for their families, whom they have left behind to work in these countries. Once they are mistreated, these people feel helpless. They have made large sacrifices to make a positive difference in their own lives and those of their beloved ones back home that they support. Please respect these workers' rights, and support them for their hard work. In return, you will be blessed. Thank you.

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Jeff Uehlinger
6 years ago
NYU needs to take accountability for their workers.

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Julia Mangione
6 years ago
It is morally unconscionable that NYU is not making the equitable treatment of all of the workers who serve the university its highest priority. I am disgusted by the conduct of an institution that claims to be "inventing new ways to meet humanity's challenges."

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Kat Thornton
6 years ago
NYU needs to held accountable and as students we refuse to be complicit.

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Isaac Hand
6 years ago
NYU and John Sexton should be ashamed.

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jeff ballinger
6 years ago
this is a disgrace - especially if restitution still not paid for those cheated by unscrupulous labor brokers

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Amira Al-Subaey
6 years ago
All humans have basic rights.

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Tony Martin
6 years ago
I work in HR for a construction company and thankfully we don't employ manual labour employees, but we still encounter them on a daily basis. Working in HR in the UAE is a challenge to ones ethics and moral standards due to the mistreatment of those working in domestic and manual labour type roles. I'm happy to put my name on this petition in the hopes that, at least one project in the UAE will act within the basic realms of Human Rights, regardless of what the regional norms are.

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Annia Ciezadlo
7 years ago
As an instructor at the Abu Dhabi campus (Journalist in Residence, January Term), I’ve seen some of the good things that the university is doing. And that’s why I’m disappointed with the way the school is handling the labor question. The kafala system is one of the worst human rights abuses in the Middle East. For a university to participate in it, however indirectly, is unacceptable.

In John Sexton’s May 19 letter, he speaks of creating “a community of scholars and teachers and learners” at NYUAD. As one of those teachers, I believe that universities can and should incubate the better values of our societies. This has to include human rights. NYUAD has a rare opportunity here to open a dialogue about labor practices in the Gulf. And isn’t that why NYU opened this “global university” in the first place—to contribute, in some meaningful way, to universal human values? Isn’t that the point of a university?

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CJ Murray
7 years ago
Happy to challenge NYU to take meaningful steps here. Bullshit face-saving is not enough.