23 Nepalis denied pay for months in Saudi ArabiaTwenty-three Nepali migrant workers have been stranded in Dammam Jubail of Saudi Arabia after their company allegedly refused to pay them their salaries.
Twenty-three Nepali migrant workers have been stranded in Dammam Jubail of Saudi Arabia after their company allegedly refused to pay them their salaries.
They have filed a case at the Saudi labour court about the matter. The judgment is pending.
Dipen Kumar Chhetri, of Kaski, said some of them had not received their pay since January.
“We decided not work without pay and stopped going to work from June 14,” he said. “The company responded by stopping our provisions.”
The Non-Resident Nepali Association has been providing food and other support to the troubled workers.
Rajesh Ramtel, of Gorkha, arrived to Saudi to work for the company in February. He said he had to pay Rs 80,000 to the Kathmandu-based foreign employment agency, Siddhartha Buddha Overseas.
“I have just arrived here and now I don’t have a job. The agency that brought me here tells me to continue working for the company. I don’t want to if I’m not getting paid,” Ramtel said.
All the workers had come to work for the company, owned by an Indian national, through Siddhartha Buddha Overseas.
They have appealed the authorities back home to take legal action against the employment agency.
“The people at Siddhartha Buddha Overseas should not be let off easily. They should be accountable for sending us to this company,” said Yognarayan Chaudhary, of Nawalparasi.
Mahal Singh Rai, Khotang
Laxman Bista, Khotang
Sambhu Kumar Yadav, Dhanusha
Dipen Kumar Chhetri, Kaski
Bishwonath Chamauriya, Kaski
Ramesh Raj Poudel, Kaski
Harkaraj Tamang, Kaski
Rajesh Ramtel, Gorkha
Jhal Bahadur BK, Baglung
Yamlal Bharati, Rolpa
Ganga Ram Chaudhary, Dang
Yognarayan Chaudhary, Nawalparasi
Kumar Gurung, Nawalparasi
Bikram Kumar Shrestha, Nawalparasi
Ramayan Kewat, Nawalparasi
Yam Bahadur Rana, Nawalparasi
Bal Bahadur Thapa, Tanhaun
Dil Bahadur Ale, Tanahun
Sukadev Chaudhary, Bara
Ramnath Bachhar, Bara
Siri Chaudhary, Bara
Bharat Chaudhary, Bara
Khadak Chadar, Rukum