DT: Twenty-five workers, out of the 47 employees of Alliance projects, claim they have been left in the lurch after their company backed out from paying or repatriating them.
The Indian workers claim they are now left without money and without a job. They added they were worried about how they would stay in the Kingdom for the next one month.
Forty-seven employees of the company had earlier approached Indian Embassy officials and the Labour Ministry to seek help. They had highlighted issues of delayed wages and unhealthy living conditions before the authorities at the time.
Following the intervention of authorities concerned, some of the employees were given their pay in groups of four. A number of them have also been repatriated. However, the company has now reportedly asked the remaining 25 employees to wait for a month for their payment and repatriation.
“We were promised to be paid and we were assured that we would be sent back this week,” an employee told DT. “Depending on these commitments, we cleared our accounts with the local markets from where we used to buy groceries.”
“Now, we neither have the money nor job to survive for one more month,” he added.
He said the management did not care to listen to employees’ concerns.
Indian embassy officials have directed the employees to the labour court.
“The management representative called me and said that he is not in a position to pay the employees now because of financial crunches,” said Indian Embassy First Secretary Nirmal Kumar Chawdhary.
“However, the management has committed before the Labour Ministry and embassy officials.”
Mr Chawdhary said that an embassy official would accompany the employees to the court.
The company has repatriated fourteen employees who were paid their dues in full. The employees said the cost of the air tickets were deducted from their dues. Labour Ministry officials were not available for a comment.