Daily Tribune: An Indian national Kodumayil Abdulla Sageer, who had been holidaying for the past four months, returned only to find he had lost his job and his visa had been cancelled.
The Indian expat worked as a driver for Star Group Company and had gone on vacation on January 8.
He alleged he had called his office and informed a person that he was extending his holiday and would resume work on June 1.
On returning to Bahrain yesterday, however, he was told that his visa had been cancelled. “I was not informed about this. I called my office and asked but the people I spoke to had no idea,” Mr Sageer told DT from Bahrain International Airport.
When DT contacted Star Groups Company, its General Manager Prasanna Babu said he got to know about the incident earlier in the day.
“I was informed by the Human Resources office that the person Mr Sageer, who claims to have informed us about his vacation extension, no longer works with us. Also he did not inform us about any communication he may have received,” Mr Babu said.
Mr Sageer also had not in writing informed the company of his intentions, he added.
“He was contracted to a bank. When he did not show up after his stipulated holiday period, the bank sent us a letter saying that he had not come to work. They also said they did not need his services if he did not report soon,” Mr Babu explained.
The company claimed that this information was passed on to Mr Sageer and when he did not reply, his visa was cancelled.
Mr Sageer denied he was informed about the matter. His concern now is that he will lose his settlement. “I worked in the company for 10 years. I will lose a lot of money,” he told DT.
Mr Babu said the company did not owe him any money. As per the contract, Mr Sageer had been paid a lump sum for his services. But in the event that money is due, the company will ensure that it is remitted to Mr Sageer.