Legend Project Contracting returns passports to unpaid workers following media pressure, no company response to allegations

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15 August 2016

Legend Project Contracting did not respond

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13 August 2016

KT IMPACT: Indian, Pakistani workers' passports returned after KT video went viral

Author: Ashwani Kumar, Khaleej Times (UAE)

Within a day of their video appeal going viral on the Khaleej Times Facebook page, the workers at Mussafah 43 have got their passports back...According to the workers, the Indian embassy in UAE has offered them help, and a UAE Labour Ministry official also paid them a visit...and assured them a speedy return home...asked the workers for their papers and made them sign documents for the visa process. Khaleej Times has been unable to independently verify this. The Indian embassy has offered Dh1,200 to each Indian worker for food and assistance.

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11 August 2016

Unpaid Indian workers fight for survival in UAE labour camp

Author: Ashwani Kumar, Khaleej Times (UAE)

25 workers, mostly Indians, with Legend Project Contracting LLC haven't been paid for more than 10 months and are struggling to survive...the company...doesn't have any new project since March and won't...return their passports...the validity of visa of most workers has expired and they fear that that would result in them getting heavily fined after they get their passports because of their failure to renew their visa... 'ordered' by the company not to leave their Mussafah 43 camp.

"In January, we went to Mussafah Labour Court but were told since our visa is stamped from Dubai, we need to fight case there, so we went to Dubai Labour Court in Al Qusais. We were given the first hearing date for March. The case was later moved to the High Court. The company representative is yet to turn up in court. We have next hearing this month," Prasad [one of the workers] says.

Video: Emotional appeal by Indian workers stuck at an Abu Dhabi labour camp

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9 August 2016

Indian worker's body stuck in Abu Dhabi mortuary for 19 days

Author: Ashwani Kumar, Khaleej Times (UAE)

The body of an Indian worker has been stuck in the mortuary for 19 days...Hari Shankar Singh had been working with Legend Project General Contracting LLC in Abu Dhabi for the last two years...not been paid for the past few months.

"With no money in hand, Singh was tensed. He was unwell and wanted to return home. He asked for his passport from the company but it was denied. And on July 20 at about 10.10pm, he suffered a heart attack. We called the emergency services who said that he had died. Then the police and the CBI too came," Brijesh Tiwary, his colleague, told Khaleej Times.

Kumar [Dinesh Kumar, first secretary (Community Affairs) at the India Embassy] added that in such cases the company or the sponsor should play an active role but in this particular case the company was not cooperating at all...has not paid a dirham to help with the repatriation process and all efforts by this newspaper to contact the company have proven futile...[the company] released a No Objection Certificate for the body to be flown out of the country.

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