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21 Nov 2016

Elena Srapyan, Elena Burtina (Civic Assistance Committee, Russia)

Court Awards Million to Migrant Workers

...In June a brigade of labour migrants from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan appealed to Civic Assistance Committee.  They were employed by the company SK Invest Story working on the construction of the luxury residential complex “Garden Quarter” near Frunzenskaya metro.  All nine migrants were officially enrolled to work for SK Invest Story through a labour agreement.  In October 2015 problems started with the payment of wages.  First they weren’t fully paid and from January 2016 payment stopped completely.  The company’s management cited the lack of funding. However, the brigade got in contact with the general contractor for the project, the Austrian conglomerate Strabag, and ascertained...that the funds for SK Invest Stroy were transferred regularly...The lawyer put together a case for them and represented them a session of the Simonovsky district court of Moscow which took place on 28 July 2016.  Judge...fully satisfied the demands of the claimants and obliged the firm to pay the workers not only what they were owed for their labour but also to compensate for the morale harm.  The total sum amounts to 1.24 million roubles...