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Hundreds of Indian workers demand unpaid wages from Saudi construction firm : The Tribune India

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Hundreds of Indian workers demand unpaid wages from
Saudi construction firm
The Indian embassy in Riyadh said the workers' complaint had been taken up with the company and Saudi o cials
this month
Posted:  Oct 19, 2020 07:08 PM (IST) Updated :  18 hours ago
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Chennai, October 19
Hundreds of Indian migrant workers who were laid off by a construction company in Saudi Arabia due to the
coronavirus pandemic have filed a rare complaint to the Indian government over unpaid earnings, lawyers and
campaigners said.

More than 280 labourers---who were fired by the Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation before being flown home on
chartered flights in July---are part of what is believed to be the biggest collective case of its kind, said their lawyer
Subhash Chand.
Chand said all of the workers had been at the firm for at least five years--- some over a decade---and were entitled
to a "substantial amount" in outstanding end-of-contract benefits.
"Most of (the workers) confirmed that they had been asked to sign blank papers or documents that they didn't
understand...(in order to get) their passports and tickets," said Chand, who is part of Lawyers Beyond Borders, a
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