UAE: 300 construction workers stranded, dependent on charity after bankrupt employer fails to pay wages or renew visas

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17 July 2019

UAE-based worker gets unpaid salaries, reunites with family

Author: Saman Haziq, Khaleej Times

Prem Sagar was one among the 300 unpaid workers at a labour accommodation… [he] is the first from the affected lot of workers to receive all his unpaid salaries and end of service benefits. He was given around Dh5,600 in cash by the company officials after the intervention of the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs… Dar Al Ber Society helped him and chipped in and gifted him a free ticket to his home town in Andhra Pradesh… DABS organised a relief camp for [the workers in June], offering free food and health check-ups. DABS has also installed two water coolers at the labour accommodation recently.

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30 June 2019

168 Bangladeshi workers stuck in Dubai

Author: Prothom Alo (Bangladesh)

Bangladeshi workers at a factory in Dubai are preparing to sue their employer as he has not paid them in months... They are among a group of 300 workers stuck there... Bangladesh consulate's first secretary (labour) Fakir Muhammad Munawar Hossain [said]168 of the workers are Bangladeshis... employed by a "reputable Indian construction company"... [The consul] is providing the workers with legal assistance and food but solving the problem will be a bit complex under the local law... the Bangladeshi workers told him that they will move the court. "The procedures can take about seven months... We'll assist anyone willing to file cases and help those who want to go back" [Munawar said].

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27 June 2019

300 workers left in lurch without salaries and food, get help

Author: Saman Haziq, Khaleej Times

Workers of a private firm in Dubai... were struggling to make ends meet as they have not received their salaries for several months... the Indian Consulate has stepped in to resolve the issue. The workers are facing extreme shortage of food and health issues due to stress. Many of them want to go home, but have their visas expired, which the employer has refused to renew... the Dar Al Ber Society (Dabs) distributed food items and conducted a medical camp at their accommodation... the crisis began a little over a year ago when they started experiencing delays in getting salaries... All of them are sitting jobless with expired visas as the work on their sites have stopped due to lack of funds.

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