Workers lodge complaint against salary non-payment

ABU DHABI – Over 15 Asian workers of an Abu Dhabi-based construction company gathered at the Ministry of Labour (MoL) office yesterday to lodge a complaint against delay in salaries and refusal to grant their annual leave.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

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Published: Mon 19 Feb 2007, 9:31 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:33 AM

The workers of Al Hamed Construction Company alleged they had not received their salaries for the past four months and that they were being denied their annual leave.

When contacted by Khaleej Times, the manager of the company denied the allegations as baseless, saying the company had paid their salaries till December and that the company had the pay slips to prove that.

As for the leave requests, he said, “some labourers wanted to avail of leave because they have found another job here in the country, where they can make more money. Moreover, we needed them for our work.”

However, Mohammad Yaseen , a Pakistani worker of the company said, “I filed a leave request in October 2006 but the company has yet to approve it. I have to see my parents and I have problems back home, which makes it urgent for me to travel.”

Talking about the case, Mohsen Ali bin Qahel, Director of the Inspection Department at the MoL, told Khaleej Times, “we are investigating the matter and we’ll seek to solve it amicably.”

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