Workers paid 60pc of dues

AL AIN — The Al Ain-based food supply firm that had earlier refused to give its 150 workers their salary arrears for several months recently paid them 60 per cent of their dues.

By Lana Mahdi

Published: Mon 21 Aug 2006, 10:39 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:15 PM

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Ahmed Hasan Abdul Hameed, one of the aggrieved workers, said that one of the company's two proprietors paid the major part of the salary arrears at the Al Ain Court Premises last Wednesday.

"Thank God, most of the workers have found other jobs in different companies and firms," added Ahmed.

He also thanked Khaleej Times for highlighting their plight by publishing a series of stories.

Earlier, the company which had hired them had failed to pay their wages since January this year.

The agitated workers approached the Al Ain Court last month seeking a solution to their problem through the court's reconciliation committee.

Ahmed said that the reconciliation committee had asked the workers' representatives to bring some documents in order to substantiate their contention.

"On Tuesday, July 11, when the reconciliation committee meeting was held, the judge told us they had summoned the company owner and the latter had promised to attend the next committee meeting and also to pay the workers their salaries," he said.

"The aggregate of pending salaries was Dh525,000, of which 60 per cent (Dh315,000) has now been paid. We thank the labour minister, the Al Ain Labour Office, and also the Al Ain Red Crescent Society, which provided the much-needed foodstuff when we were facing near-starvation," he added.

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