120 Nepali workers rescued from UAE

Workers returning home. Photo – Rupesh Adhikari

Kathmandu, September 20

A total of 120 Nepali workers stranded in the UAE have been brought to Nepal.

The workers have been brought to Kathmandu with help from the Nepali embassy in the UAE after officials talked to the worker’s employers to get their passports. The workers had been working for an Abu Dabhi-based company Advance Facility Management Service, without pay.

Around 100 people are still waiting to be sent back home, according to sources. According to the embassy’s labour attaché Moti Ram Bhusal, only male workers have been sent back in the first phase and added that the process of sending back female workers has also started.

The workers had faced problems after their employer didn’t renew their contract, visas and stopped paying them for the past six months.

The workers, having not been paid for so long, contacted Nepal Embassy in July. Around 69 workers had signed a written petition asking the embassy to help them. However, the embassy showed no concern regarding their problems. The embassy only started to speed up things after news of their ill-treatment started to appear in the Nepali media.

Published on September 20th, Friday, 2019 3:28 PM

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