20/10/2020 Hundreds of Indian workers demand unpaid wages from Saudi firm More than 280 returned migrant workers are seeking end-of-contract payments in a rare o cial complaint By Anuradha Nagaraj CHENNAI, India, Oct 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of Indian migrant workers who were laid o by a construction company in Saudi Arabia due to the coronavirus pandemic have led a rare complaint to the Indian government over unpaid earnings, lawyers and campaigners said. More than 280 labourers - who were red by the Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation (http://alhajricorporation.com/) before being own home on chartered ights 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 rm for at least ve years - some over a decade - and were entitled to a "substantial amount" in outstanding end-of-contract bene ts. "Most of (the workers) con rmed 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 network of legal experts. "Many didn't want to return without their money but had no choice," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. https://news.trust.org/item/20201019120025-lfwpj/ 2/9

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