DailyTribune: A group of 55 expatriate workers who recently threatened to camp out outside the Indian Embassy until the travel ban against them is lifted, have abandoned their plan following a meeting with the ambassador.
The men all have travel ban imposed against them by the courts due to cases filed by their employer. The group of expats ran away from their work and their sponsor after a year of employment, claiming that their salaries of BD45 were too low to sustain them and their families.The workers had been unaware of the travel ban until they tried to avail themselves of the Easy Exit scheme last year.
They were then informed that a runaway case had been filed against them and the sponsor was suing them for losses incurred on account of their absence.
The court ruled in favour of the company and ordered each worker to pay the company compensation ranging from BD300 to BD500.The men have been making several visits to the embassy requesting that the officials address their plight.
They told DT that it is was impossible for them to pay the compensation, as they do not have any work or source of income.They added that they have been forced to borrow money from friends to pay for meals and other expenses.
The Maha Jaber Law Firm has taken on their plight and appealed to authorities on behalf of one of the workers.Advocate Latheesh Bharatan from the firm told DT that the appeal date from the earlier verdict expired a long time ago, however a special request was made and the case of one of the men is now being heard again in court. “The notice has been served to the employer who had filed the case.
The court is now waiting for a statement from him,” Mr. Bharatan told DT. “The last hearing which was to take place on May 16 has been adjourned to June 16.”On Monday, the workers met Indian Ambassador Mohan Kumar who heard about their ordeal and assured them that his staff was looking into the matter.
An embassy official told DT that the embassy is doing all it can do through its official channels to help the men out of their predicament. However, as this is a judicial matter it will need to be settled in court, according to the law.