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UAE: Repatriated Indian workers stranded for 11 months allege abuses incl. delayed wages and physical abuse

10 migrant workers from Odisha, India are returning home after being stranded in Dubai for 11 months. The workers had travelled to Dubai as carpenters and painters on a construction site but found themselves stranded without the pay they had been promised. They allege a range of abuses including delayed wage payments, working overtime without pay and harsh working conditions, and that the company withheld their passports and tortured them. The workers also allege that their food was rationed and that they were denied access to medicine by site supervisors.

In May the workers made a plea to authorities via a video distributed on Twitter in which they alleged the abuses and asked to be repatriated. The External Affairs Minister and Consulate General of India in Dubai confirmed that a total of 25 workers are waiting to be repatriated and that they were taking action to return them. The 10 workers from Odisha returned to India in June with support from the Indian government and local community in Odisha.

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27 June 2019

Centre rescues ten Indian workers stranded in Dubai

Author: Sampad Patnaik, Indian Express

The workers reached New Delhi on Tuesday night and met Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Chandra Sarangi on Wednesday...  they were not paid for months and their food was also rationed. “We were denied salary, proper food and even medicines by three Afghan brothers who were our supervisors at the construction site,” said 31-year-old Madan Sahoo... [who] was promised a salary of 1,200 dirhams per month... [Worker Ghuman Moharana] said, “We first went to the police in Dubai, but they refused to help. They directed us to the labour court. But four of five visits later we realised no lawyer would represent people as poor as us.”

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26 June 2019

Nine Odia migrant labourers stranded in Dubai return to India

Author: Pragativadi News Service (India)

Nine of the ten migrant workers from Odisha, who were stranded in Dubai have been brought to New Delhi with the help of Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday.​..​ The action of the External Affairs ministry came after the labourers made an emotional plea to the authorities on social media to help them return home. In the video, the labourers alleged that they were tortured... their passports were confiscated by their employers and they were forced to work under extreme conditions for extra hours without any remuneration... The labourers will soon be sent to their native villages after certain legal formalities.

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7 June 2019

OTV Impact: Formalities begin for return of Odisha labourers stranded in Dubai

Author: Bikram Keshari Jena, OTV Impact

Odia labourers in Dubai will finally return home... the matter was flagged on Twitter, External Affairs minister S.Jaishankar had intervened and informed that the Consulate General of India in Dubai is working to resolve the issue... the Consulate General of India in Dubai clarified that 25 workers from Odisha, UP, Bihar and Rajasthan are wanting to return and formalities for their return to be completed in a few days... Sangram Pattnaik, a social worker in Dubai, said, “After getting the contact number of the labourers from OTV office, we went to the consulate general office of Dubai. We hope that the stranded labourers will be back in Odisha in 2 to 3 weeks"... [Whilst in Dubai, the workers] were engaged in carpentry and paint work.

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31 May 2019

Migrant labourers from Odisha stranded in Dubai, seek help to return

Author: Pragativadi News Service (India)

10 migrant workers from Odisha, who have been stranded in Dubai, made an emotional plea to the authorities here on social media to help them return home... after months of work, they were not provided with the salary as promised... [the men allege they were] tortured by the company and... that they are being forced by the agent to work overtime without being paid any dues... family members of the migrant labourer have alleged that they have been stranded due to non-payment of salaries... the labourers have urged the district administration to rescue them from the harsh working conditions.

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