(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The 36 Bangladeshi workers who had been working for a construction firm in the sultanate without regular salaries for over two years are still waiting for their dues to be settled, despite a Labour Court judgment in their favour.
The judgment which came earlier this month, ordered for a compensation of RO1,000 to RO1,500 to be paid to each worker at the time of his departure.
''We have been waiting for the full and final payment for quite some time. We expected to be home before the New Year. The ordeal is just not coming to an end. Our lawyer said that the procedure will take time. Let's hope it works out soon for us,'' said 34 year old Zahangir.
An official from the Bangladesh Embassy said most of the workers have been given a part of the compensation. ''We are in the process of issuing travel documents to these workers. Most of them have received an interim amount of RO300 to RO400. The full payment will be made once all the procedural formalities are over and they will be able to leave only after that. But, it will take some time.''
The 36 workers were initially hired for a monthly salary of RO90 to RO150. According to the workers, at first the salaries were irregular but the firm stopped paying them altogether after some time.
Upon landing in Muscat in 2011, they discovered they would be working at construction sites. They said that basic amenities like food were not provided and that they lived in a camp in Mabela Industrial Estate without electricity or proper water supply.
Another worker of the group, Zahir who recently lost his father said the wait is getting longer.
''I have gone through a lot of pain and I just hope that this is sorted out soon. I just want to return.''
Mohammad Islam, another migrant worker, said, ''The waiting period is getting longer. I want to see my parents as they are not keeping well