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Hundreds of Indian workers demand unpaid
wages from Saudi construction rm
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Last Updated: Oct 19, 2020, 07:35 PM IST

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More than 280 labourers - who were red by the Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation 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.

CHENNAI: Hundreds of Indian
migrant workers who were laid o by a
construction company in Saudi Arabia

The number of wage theft cases 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.

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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 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
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