20/10/2020 Hundreds of Indian workers demand unpaid wages from Saudi construction firm - The Economic Times the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. IN THE SPOTLIGHT The Indian embassy in Riyadh said the workers' complaint had been taken up with the company and Saudi o icials this month, and that it was awaiting a response on the matter. How this B-School dealt with placements in pandemic Ad Body Secret Revelation What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed VISIT SITE Recommended by COLOMBIA MOST READ 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 this year due to COVID-19, and activists, lawyers and unions said they were dealing with fresh complaints about pay issues on a daily basis. MOST SHARED | Billionaire banker Uday Kotak says now’s the best time to invest in India, lists 5 'right sectors' Narendra Modi’s farm reforms could turn India into a food-export powerhouse The next China? India is missing its real comparative edge by not emphasizing low-skilled labour exports 5 signs that the stock you are buying or hold can turn a value destroyer Revised in ation index to impact DA, put more money in hands of govt employees: O icial More » 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. "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. "Among them there were hundreds calling in about (the Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation) and a few others," he added. "We consolidated the complaints and encouraged them to ght this collectively since it is di icult to pursue alone for many." Top Trending News Bihar Election 2020 Donald Trump Joe Biden US Elections 2020 Economy News Defence News Morning News Breaking News Chennai News Delhi News Bangalore News Kolkata News Mumbai News Latest News News Headlines One of the workers in the case said he was owed 120,000 rupees ($1,637) and feared for his future without the money. "I wanted to start a grocery store with (the money) but now I am running https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/saudi-arabia/hundreds-of-indian-workers-demand-unpaid-wages-from-saudi-constructio… 2/4

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