Deprived of salary, 12 Nepalis stranded in UAE

Nepali workers who have been deprived of salary in Abu Dhabi of UAE in May 2019.

UAE, May 15

Total 12 Nepali workers in the United Arab Emirates have been stranded as their employer failed to pay them salary for past two months.

One of the victims, Lal Dhwaj Rai from Morang district of eastern Nepal, says they have been unable to make a living as the Abu Dhabi-based company did not pay them the wages.

He informs that besides the regular pay of two months, the company is yet to pay overtime wages for past three to six months.

The victims belong to Morang, Sarlahi, Sindhupalchok and Rupandehi districts of Nepal, according to him.

The company has been asserting that it was not paid by its clients, making it unable to pay the workers, another victim Santosh Gurung informs.

The owner of residence has been putting pressure on the victims to leave the apartment as they do not have money to pay, the workers claim. Earlier, the owner had obstructed electricity and water supply as a warning.

“We were purchasing the groceries from a nearby shop on credit. But, the payable amount has already exceed 2,500 dirham,” a victim says.

Lal Dhwaj remembers that the company used to pay them well and on time in the early days.

The victims have not reported to work for past two days. The company has not contacted them in this period.

Meanwhile, the stranded workers appealed to the Nepali Embassy in Abu Dhabi to solve the problem at the earliest. The Embassy’s Labour Counsellor Bhesh Bahadur Karki informs that the Embassy already urged the company to solve the problem.

If the problem will not be solved within next one week, a legal and diplomatic remedy will be solved, according to him.

Published on May 15th, Wednesday, 2019 10:56 AM

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