WATCH: Hidden Cameras Show Trump Workers in Dubai Toil and Live in Filthy, Awful Conditions
Dubai has a pretty abysmal record on labor rights. Yet according to VICE correspondent Ben Anderson, even by “the unbelievably low standards of Dubai,” the workers building the Trump International Golf Club are subject to some of the worst conditions of all. They’re housed two hours from the city, in a desert location “in the middle of nowhere.” One worker tells Anderson his salary is just $231 a month, and the on-premises bathroom—which serves 150 laborers—“doesn’t look fit for human beings” and “smells of sewage.” When asked if they would prefer to be at home, in Pakistan, the workers inform Anderson that their passports have been taken by the company, so return is impossible.
One laborer—one of the 5 million foreign migrants in the country—tells Anderson he came to Dubai because he was told he’d be given “a salary of $3 per hour, a room, gas” and reasonable shifts. He claims he and others received none of those things, and toil for a measly $1.50 per hour.
The Daily Beast notes that the “project has Trump's licensed brand name attached to it but is not being built directly by Trump's company.” But while Trump refused to be interviewed for the piece, his company issued a statement saying “Trump has a zero tolerance policy for unlawful labor practices at any project bearing the ‘Trump’ name.”