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11 Sep 2020

Hom Karki, Migrant-Rights.org

UAE: Alleged unethical recruitment & debt among Transguard workers returned home amid COVID-19; incl. co. statement

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River Overseas, Nepal’s leading recruitment agency which supplies workers to the Gulf region and Malaysia, charged Dahal Rs 78,000 (approximately USD665), several times higher than the fixed government ceiling of Rs 10,000 (USD85)...

Transguard did not even pay Dahal the minimum wage stated in the contract he signed in Nepal...

In the camp, he had to pay AED185 more than the allowance provided for food...

After the Covid-19 outbreak, a large number of Pakistani, Indian, and Nepali workers whose contracts had not yet expired were forced to resign and sent back home. Transguard had also sent a list of 2,479 names of Nepali workers to the Nepali embassy to initiate repatriation procedures...

the workers were scared that they would not survive Covid-19. He had joined Transguard on 24 March 2019, after paying Rs 95,000 in recruitment fees...

Transguard Group response

“Transguard Group is fully in compliance with UAE labour laws, including strict adherence to regulations that require salaries be paid in full and on time; we also make every effort to ensure that our recruitment policies and practices are legal and ethical."

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre also tried to contact Flex Management Co. & MV Human Resources regarding another allegation of labour abuse contained within the article, but were unable to do so.]