UAE: 40 Nepalis employed by Emirates Cab allegedly left under-paid without food or accommodation
40 Nepali men have allegedly been left stranded and without money after they accepted jobs as taxi drivers with Emirates Cab. The company failed to pay them as promised and did not provide them with accommodation; they had also been charged recruitment fees illegally in Nepal.
On arriving in Sharjah in September 2019 the men discovered that their salary would be only a fraction of what they had been told they would receive. They had also been promised accommodation and an additional food allowance; in December 2019, however, the men were evicted from the company's apartments.
In February 2020, 10 Nepalis were repatriated following negotiations with the company.
On 20 March, a Nepali welfare charity found two rooms of accommodation for the men but the workers would have had to leave unless they could pay the second month's rent. Owing to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and related travel bans, it is uncertain when the remaining workers will be able to return home.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre contacted Emirates Cab Co. and invited them to respond to the allegations; they did not respond.
By 4th July, at least 15 men had returned to Nepal penniless after their airfares were paid by the recruiting agency in Kathmandu. They were not asked if their company had paid them as they left UAE, but only for health details before being taken to quaranting on arrival in Nepal.