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Wage theft & no mechanism to fight leaves Indian migrants in a fix

Author: Rejimon Kuttappan, The Lede (India), Published on: 2 June 2020

Migrant workers in the Arab Gulf [are] subjected to “wage theft” during COVID-19 who are forced to work for new unwritten and unsigned “contracts” where salary, overtime, and other benefits are cut...

if a worker is not ready to adjust to new “contracts”, then he is allowed to quit without dues and end of service benefits cleared. When the removed worker opts for repatriation, he is not given either a platform or enough time to file a legal remedy for his loss...

Repatriation... is happening hastily so that workers do not get to claim their unpaid wages...

employers are taking advantage of mass repatriation programs to terminate and return workers who have not been paid their due compensation, wages and benefits.

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