G4S employees in UAE live on food donations
Date Reported: 30 Jun 2020
Location: United Arab Emirates
CompaniesG4S - Employer
Total individuals affected: 1000Migrant & immigrant workers: ( Number unknown - Egypt , Security companies , Gender not reported ) , Migrant & immigrant workers: ( Number unknown - Pakistan , Security companies , Gender not reported ) , Migrant & immigrant workers: ( Number unknown - Sri Lanka , Security companies , Gender not reported ) , Migrant & immigrant workers: ( Number unknown - India , Security companies , Gender not reported ) , Migrant & immigrant workers: ( Number unknown - Philippines , Security companies , Gender not reported )
IssuesRight to Food , Precarious/Unsuitable Living Conditions , Personal Health , Wage Theft
Response sought: Yes, by NGO
Action taken: The company is now funding the repatriation of workers whose visas have been cancelled, but some who remain report being transferred to accommodations where they are not permitted to use cooking facilities and air-conditioning does not work, although the company has said it will address it. A spokesperson for G4S told Migrant-rights.org, “We have been proactively providing free accommodation, soap and hand sanitiser, and more than 40,000 meals in the past two months. We are also in the process of repatriating more than 900 people, regardless of cost. More than 450 people have returned to their country of origin so far, and a further 460 will return home in coming weeks... G4S has agreed with some employees to grant paid leave and/or unpaid leave to employees where there is no work for them to undertake." G4S provided a statement including background information which can be read in full.
Source type: NGO
At least a thousand employees of the security giant G4S... are relying on community donations for food and basic necessities in the UAE... Most of the workers were either terminated or had their contracts suspended in March. They have received no salary since March, and while they remain in company accommodation as required by law, no other amenities, including soap, are provided...
Workers whose visas have been cancelled are now being repatriated...
[Under COVID-19 regulations] companies may terminate workers or renegotiate their contracts...
It’s unclear if the suspension of workers contracts violates these regulations, as a temporary or permanent reduction in working hours and salary requires advance written consent from the employee.