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Thursday, 7th January 2010
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Japanese workers down tools in Dubai

Japanese engineers working on a new transport system in Dubai have stopped working in a disagreement over pay.

Four Japanese firms are currently working on the new Dubai Metro but have now downed tools as they claim that the Dubai government has not paid them for work which has already been completed.

The consortium of companies is headed by Obayashi and also includes Kajima Corp, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and trading house Mitsubishi Corp.

Turkish firm Yapi Merkezi Insaat Ve Sanati AS is also included in the engineering group.

So far, original costings on the Dubai Metro have more than doubled but the project is less than half completed. Once finished, it is set to include 29 metro stations over two lines.

A source involved in the pay negotiations between the firms and the government told the Times: "Once the payment starts again, the work will return to its original pace. The slowdown is a negotiating manoeuvre."

Written by Mark Smith.

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