From ANI news agency:
Thursday 5th January, 2012
500 ‘unpaid’ Indian workers stage protest in Oman
Nearly 500 Indian workers protested in Oman demanding action against their company for not paying them for working overtime and deducting random amounts from their salary every month.
“We are not given the mandatory five-day weekend and the owners also don’t pay overtime for working extra hours,” The Gulf News quoted a worker for the Al Radic Construction company, as saying.
He also claimed that there were about 500 of them at the ministry office.
The source said that they took out the protest march, but soon police arrived and asked them to stop marching or face arrest.
He said that a ministry official intervened and asked the striking workers to board buses and reach the department instead of marching on the road.
The workers want the Indian Embassy to take up the issue with the company and the local authorities and resolve the matter as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, PM Jabir, Welfare Secretary of the Indian Social Club said that ‘this is the same company that had not renewed Labour cards of more than 500 workers’.
He said that following intervention of the Indian Embassy and newspaper reports, the company had renewed the labour cards.