NYU-Tamkeen Joint Statement on Wage Remediation
Currie & Brown, a global construction consultancy, were appointed in June 2015 as the project’s independent administrators to identify and find the relevant workers and to make the payments...The overall approach employed several strategies to identify, contact, and pay the workers, beginning with employer outreach, and concluding with direct outreach to workers. The process involved several thousand phone calls and pieces of correspondence with employers; 1,000 visits to more than 260 worker accommodation sites by a team of multilingual staff; an advertising campaign including the distribution of posters and flyers in seven languages; and a toll-free SMS and 24/7 hotline service to allow workers who had seen the posters to reach out directly. To-date 8,600 workers have been identified; of these 6,600 have been paid, and 2,000 are eligible to be paid pending further contact details. The vast majority of the 2,000 are believed to have returned to their home countries, and we are contacting those for whom we have mailing addresses – approximately 1,500 individuals. The active phase of the program will end this summer, however individual claims will continue to be processed when they are received.