Saudi Arabia: Saudi Specialist Construction employees stranded with no wages or visas
In March 2020, the Ahmedabad Mirror reported on a case of over 60 migrant workers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who were stranded in Saudi Arabia having been "deserted" by their employer, Saudi Specialist Construction Ltd. (registered as A&P in the UAE).
The company had not paid the workers for a year after their abandonment, and for the preceding nine months. The company had also not updated the workers' iqama (work permit) despite this being required annually; the workers were afraid to leave their accommodation for fear of being arrested without the correct visa. They were also struggling to access adequate food.
After the Indian embassy was made aware of the case they co-ordinated with the Labour Ministry in Riyadh; the men started to be repatriated in March 2020.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre contacted Saudi Specialist Construction Ltd. to invite them to respond to the allegations; they did not respond.