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India: Saudi Arabia returnees reportedly not receiving severance pay following COVID-19 job losses, despite labour law provision

"Saudi returnees stake claim to severance pay," 10 Oct 2020

Jayadev (name changed) had 25 years of experience behind him when the construction company he was working for in Saudi Arabia laid him off following the COVID-19 pandemic... he had hoped that the end-of-service benefits, as per the Saudi labour laws, would be a substantial amount, enabling him to rebuild life back home...

there is no sign of the severance pay coming in...

The issue of repatriated workers not getting benefits came to light when Lawyers Beyond Borders (LBB), an international network of legal experts working for the rights of migrant workers, filed a writ petition in the Kerala High Court earlier this year. Several workers who had lost their jobs and did not get severance pay began contacting the LBB.

Among the complaints, quite a few were from the employees of Nasser S. Al-Hajri Corporation (NSH). A total of 286 workers from here sent in complaints.

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