Workers sleep in open for two days

DUBAI — A group of 46 Bangladeshi workers recently recruited by the Arabtech contracting company were allegedly forced to sleep out in the open for two days after the company failed to provide them accommodation.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Thu 27 Jul 2006, 11:55 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:47 PM

An official of the company, however, said the workers had been taken to the wrong labour camp due to a misunderstanding.

According to the workers, they were left in the lurch as the company did not provide them any place to sleep.

''We don't know anybody here. We were recruited by the agents in Bangladesh who charged a huge amount. They told us that the company will provide accommodation and a salary,'' disclosed a worker.

When they arrived at the airport they were brought to this camp located in Sonapur but no rooms were allotted to them. ''All the rooms were full. We don't know the language and nobody is here to help us. Now we don't know how to survive,'' said another worker.

''The camp manager told us that the problem will be solved immediately. But still we don't have a place to sleep. We are not used to the heat.

“But for the past two days we are fighting to survive because we are forced to sleep in open air between two caravans in the labour accommodation. We cannot survive if the situation continues this way,'' he lamented.

When Khaleej Times contacted an official of the company, he said: “A misunderstanding within the camp management created this problem. The workers were supposed to be sent to another labour camp and rooms were kept for them there.

“Now we have sorted out the problems. We always treat our workers well. We will ensure that incidents like this will not be repeated.”

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