UAE: Over 1000 workers receive unpaid wages after Labour Ministry settles case

After their company director absconded with large amounts of company funds in 2018, 1,200 migrant workers at an unnamed catering company in Abu Dhabi were left without wages. They have since received compensation. The affected workers included cooks, waiters, drivers and administrative staff. The company was reportedly impacted by "financial troubles".

In January 2019, a first group of 400 workers received Dh3 million in unpaid wages after the case was addressed by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD).

In September 2019 it was reported that a further group of "hundreds" of workers recovered Dh10 million after bringing their case to the Abu Dhabi Labour Court. Some of the money was recovered after the court approached government departments which had failed to pay the company for contracts.

In February 2020 it was reported that the remaining 762 workers at the company had also received their owed wages.

The cases were resolved at the Abu Dhabi Mobile Labour court, hosted on a double decker bus which travels between labour camps visiting workers at their accommodation. Whilst the cases were with the labour court, the workers were reliant on the department for accommodation and food. The court also finalised the workers' legal status, with those wishing to return home provided with a ticket and those looking for stay able to find alternative employment.

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23 February 2020

More than 700 Abu Dhabi workers receive Dh26 million in unpaid wages

Author: Haneen Dajani, The National (UAE)

More than 1,000 Abu Dhabi workers [are] celebrating a Dh40 million payout after a bitter dispute with their employer that lasted more than a year...

executive directors at the company... absconded and took large amounts of cash with them.

the remaining 762 staff have recovered Dh26m, bringing into an end their legal fight.

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22 September 2019

Hundreds of Abu Dhabi workers receive Dh10 million in unpaid wages

Author: Haneen Dajani, The National (UAE)

Hundreds of Abu Dhabi workers have won a battle to recover more than Dh10 million in unpaid wages from their employer.

More than 1,000 labourers - including cooks, waiters, administrators and drivers - were left out of pocket when the catering firm halted payments a year ago due to financial troubles.

A group of 297 people lodged a complaint to the labour ministry and received their money in February...

The case was settled on a 'mobile court', a bus which travels from area to area to resolve labour disputes.

It ruled to pay the workers their owed wages and the labour court was tasked with retrieving the money.

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18 January 2019

Joy for 400 workers after Dh3 million in owed wages is finally paid

Author: Haneen Dajani, The National (UAE)

Hundreds of workers owed Dh3 million in unpaid wages after their employers fled the country have been paid after the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) stepped in...

400 staff at a catering company... were left badly out of pocket when the executive directors absconded...

an Emirati partner at the firm had managed to pay of the 1,200-strong workforce but had "stumbled upon' remunerating the rest...

The legal status of the worker's was also finalised during the hearing, with those who wished to return to their native countries able to do so.

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