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1 Oct 2020

Kuwait: Workers at demolition co. Explomo allege non-payment of wages and abandonment; incl. co. response

Kuwait City

In August 2020, the Zim Morning Post reported on the case of over 100 migrant workers, including from Zimbabwe and Mozambique, who were allegedly stranded in Kuwait after their employer, Explomo Technical Services, had not paid them months of salaries and had "abandoned" them at a labour camp in March. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, senior management at the company left Kuwait.

The Kuwait Ministry of Labour has reportedly ordered the Kuwaiti project sponsor (Sudan Regional Trading & Contracting Co.) to pay the salaries; despite agreeing to do so, the sponsor had not.

The workers are reliant on charitable aid and have since lost their accommodation, after Explomo allegedly failed to pay rent. The workers have also said that they do not have adequate access to healthcare, that one worker has died and that they are afraid for their health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Explomo Technical Services to respond to the allegations; their response can be read in full below. We were unable to verify and find contact details for the Kuwaiti sponsoring company.