20/10/2020 Hundreds of Indian workers demand unpaid wages from Saudi firm The Indian embassy in Riyadh said the workers' complaint had been taken up with the company and Saudi o cials this month, and that it was awaiting a response on the matter. The Saudi human resources ministry could not be reached for comment but last month said workers could log violations through its online dispute settlement platform or go to a labour court. The Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation - which describes itself on its website as the largest industrial contractor in the Middle East - did not respond to repeated requests for comment. HELPLINE IN DEMAND Hundreds of thousands of Indian migrant workers are estimated to have returned home from Gulf nations (https://news.trust.org/item/20200519093700-jyf6o ) this year due to COVID-19 (https://news.trust.org/item/20200413065535edq5n), and activists, lawyers and unions said they were dealing with fresh complaints about pay issues on a daily basis. The number of wage theft cases (https://news.trust.org/item/20200908231004-hlk8n/ ) reported from Gulf countries rose more than three-fold between April and July compared with the same period last year, says the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, which advocates for human rights in business. "We started a helpline for Gulf migrants in the middle of the pandemic and were ooded with calls of wage theft," said Rafeek Ravuther, founder of The Centre for Indian Migrant Studies, a Kerala-based charity that works for migrant rights. https://news.trust.org/item/20201019120025-lfwpj/ 3/9

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