ما يرد في هذه المدونة من معلومات وأخبار خاصة هي ملك للجميع ومن حق أي شخص نقلها، وإن تفضل وأشار إلى المصدر فهذا فضلاً منه
No Salary, No Leave
DT: Indian expatriate Shivadasan yesterday attended the Open House conducted at the Indian Embassy to seek help. He wanted the mission to intervene in getting back his passport from his employer. He said he had to return home to visit his mother, as she had been ill.
Working for a cleaning company, the 40-year-old has spent one year and three months in the Kingdom. His company’s management has refused to let him take leave.
“My mother is ill. She had been admitted in hospital for 15 days and I have personal problems that need to be sorted out as well. Initially, I thought that the company I work for would allow me leave. But now, after the way I’ve been treated, I just want to leave and return home.”
He told DT he had come to Bahrain to work. “I got a visa through a friend. I trusted him and paid him BD400 for the document. I bought the ticket and came to Bahrain. I regret trusting my friend so easily, as I don’t have a contract.”
“I have not received salary for the past two months. When I had initially applied for leave, they asked me to deposit BD100. When I asked them to cancel the visa, they wanted me to pay BD350. How are they justified? I earn only BD100 per month and at times I was given only BD80. Out of which, I had to pay for my food and send the remaining home. How is it possible to pay or deposit such large amounts, when we earn so little?” cried Mr Shivadasan.
He said he had come to Bahrain because he needed money. “I am 40 years old and this is my first Gulf trip. I mortgaged my house. My children are still studying. I needed the money so I came here.”
Embassy officials told Mr Shivadasan that the company he was working for was a repeated offender and they would try and arrange his documents for a safe return home.