The Indian Consulate in Dubai has stepped up to help the workers of two companies in the emirate, run by two Indian expatriates. The companies have reportedly run into a financial crisis and have not paid the workers for around six to eight months. As a result, these workers have been struggling for food and basic necessities while staying at their labour accommodation in JAFZA. Representatives of the Consulate General of India in Dubai have visited the workers and provided basic food supplies. The consulate tweeted a picture with the workers at their labour camp, receiving food supplies, and wrote, “Consulate assisted a group of around 60 Indian workers who are stranded in Dubai without salary for the last 6-8 months. We provided them with food provisions and other essential items.”
According to a report in the Khaleej Times, the Consul General of India, Vipul said they had become aware of the plight of these workers when one of them complained to the ministry, which then notified the consulate. Sharing more details of the case, he said, “Out of the 100 employees the companies have, 60 are Indians. One of the partner of the companies is in Al Awir jail, while the other one has run away to India leaving the workers at the mercy of the company HR that is now struggling to pay off their dues."
The Indian diplomat said the next step for the workers was to file a labour case, after which they could expect to receive their pending payments in the next two to three weeks. He said the consulate was also constantly in touch with the company’s HR officials and pushing them to settle the dues of the workers and send them back to India.