Expat workers get court relief



Muscat: Thanking Omani authorities and the country's judicial system, a group of 36 Bangladeshi workers who were stranded in Muscat for nearly 32 months are now all set to fly back to their home country.

"Finally, with our woes ended, we can fly back home, thanks to all those who helped us. We were losing our hope, but the judicial system has been fair to us and the embassy officials also helped us a lot," Raju, one of the stranded workers, told the Times of Oman.

The workers were stranded after the construction company denied them salary and food.

According to the workers, who are anxiously waiting to get the clearance papers to go back home, the company started to default on its payments after eight months of work.

"First they started delaying the payment. Later on, they stopped paying us altogether and also stopped providing food. It was quite difficult to stick on with the company for work. So, we approached the labour department and with their guidance, we moved the court. Finally, we got a favourable verdict," the workers said. The workers have got a favourable verdict and a compensation ranging from OMR400 to OMR1,800.

"Now, the hassle in front of us is that many of us are undocumented. Many have lost the valid documents required to fly back home. But, the embassy which supported us all through the tough days has assured that they will take care of the documentation also," the workers added.

Appreciation

Welcoming the verdict as good news, the embassy officials told the Times of Oman that valid documents were under preparation.

"We express our deep appreciation to all the Omani authorities concerned who were involved in the process of delivering justice to a good number of affected Bangladeshis," Sheikh Sekander Ali, the Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Sultanate, said.

Meanwhile, an embassy official said that they are expediting the documentation required to send back the stranded workers.

"The workers have got the relevant court orders. Some of them might have problems like non-availability of passports, which we'll take care of. If there are any further hassles, we will try our best to solve it soon," the embassy official said.

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