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Bahrain: Construction co. Fundament SPC allegedly fails to honour wage settlement agreement; incl. co. response

In June 2020, hundreds of workers at Bahraini construction company Fundament SPC alleged months of non-payment of wages and 150 reportedly had not received their end-of-service benefits, owed months earlier. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Fundament SPC to respond to the allegations of unpaid wages. Fundament SPC denied the allegations in response.

In July it was reported that the company had reached a settlement agreement to pay workers 35% of their owed wages and benefits along with return flight tickets home, on the promise that the company would pay the workers the remaining amounts three months later. At the time Migrant-Rights.org warned that numerous such agreements are later broken.

In February 2021, Migrant-Rights published a letter from one of the workers who had been owed wages and taken the settlement agreement. Having returned to India in September 2020, the worker still had not received anything further from the company and despite calling the company manager workers were told he did not have the money to pay them. The official at the Indian embassy in Bahrain who handled the case did not respond to workers' messages or calls.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Fundament SPC to respond to the allegations that they had not honoured the settlement agreement and paid owed monies to workers; their response can be read in full below.