5:16 pm - Sunday May 23, 5604

36 Bangladeshi workers receive dues in Muscat

36 Bangladeshi workers who had been working for a construction firm without regular salaries for more than two years have finally received their dues.

As per a Labour Court judgment, each worker has been paid between RO1,000-1,500. They will return once they receive their air tickets, gratuity and after completion of certain legal formalities, reports MENAFN.

passport Bd”Our lawyer has asked us to wait for a while before we return home. We have been living in Oman for more than two years. We have lived here without visas for more than eight months.

”The authorities, after discovering this, will now take a call on the matter. Therefore, we have to wait,” said Zahangir, one of the workers.

”We are relieved now. Each of us has received between RO1,000 and RO1,500. We never thought that we will receive the money. We worked hard for more than two years and felt disheartened when we were denied our dues.”

Zahangir and the rest are now living in a camp in Mabela Industrial Area.

The workers were initially hired for a monthly salaries of RO90 to RO150. They discovered that they will have to work at construction sites only after reaching Muscat. Most of them were untrained for the job and found it difficult to manage.

The workers are currently waiting for their tickets. Most of them don’t have the required documents, and the Bangladeshi Embassy is working on facilitating their travel.

”We are happy to receive the news. The embassy will certainly ensure that the repatriation is done. We are following the matter closely so that they don’t face any problems,” a Bangladeshi Embassy official said.