Foreign workers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Egypt, Nigeria, and the Philippines filed a labor case against Al Wasita Emirates Catering Services in Mussafah for not paying their salary for months.
Company embezzles money
In Khaleej Times report, the dispute started when the non-national partner in the company, as well as the executive directors, fled the country after swindling a large amount of money. This lead to the freezing of the company’s funds.
In consequence, workers lost their jobs and stranded in Mussafah. Moreover, Khaleej Times reported that these workers spent weeks without food and water. The electricity service from their accommodation has also been disconnected. Hence, the demand for their unpaid salary and end of service benefits.
Win the case against UAE employer
Good thing the government entities did not fall into deaf ears and looked into the matter personally. With the involvement of labor officials, the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) and diplomatic missions, the workers managed to win the case.
They are given 2 win-win options
To solve the case, authorities liquidated the company’s bank guarantee and secured Dh3 million worth of unpaid wages to 400 workers. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) also deployed a mobile court to speed up the resettlement of the case.
Workers are given two options; They can take 50% of their unpaid salary + air ticket and return home within 5 days. Or stay and pursue the labor case.
“They can take 50 per cent salary immediately along with air ticket and return to their countries within five days. Or they can pursue the case via the labour court and wait until the company can pay their full dues,” Indian Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri said.
Most workers opted for the first option, with only 90 out of 400 opted for the second option. MoHRE agreed to shoulder the payment of the visa cancelation of the 90 workers. They also agreed to connect them with other employers so that they may find another job.
Source: Khaleej Times