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Thu 21 Aug 2008 11:27 AM

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Bangladeshis in legal win against Kuwaiti employer

Cleaners victorious against employer who failed to pay salaries, tried to deport them.

Hundreds of Bangladeshi cleaners have won a legal battle against their employer who failed to pay their salaries and attempted to deport them.

Kuwait’s Labour Court at the Ministry of Social Affairs ruled in favour of the 750 workers who had complained of non-payment and underpayment of salaries, Kuwait daily Arab Times reported on Thursday.

The Bangladeshis, who were employed with a local cleaning company, had filed a complaint that the company was irregular with payments and had failed to renew their residency visas.

The court ordered the company to pay the workers two months salary and other benefits, in addition to paying the cost of their repatriation.

A court official told the newspaper 233 cleaners of the company have already been repatriated, with the rest to return to Bangladesh very soon. He said all the cleaners were disillusioned and wanted to return home.

Earlier, the workers told the newspaper the company had filed false cases against some of them accusing them of absconding from work in an effort to deport them and deny them their unpaid salaries.

Local companies, which have a history of violating the rights of workers, are now prevented from hiring Bangladeshi workers, the newspaper said.

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Amazed 12 years ago

Did I miss something?!!! The news article says "Local companies, which have a history of violating the rights of workers, are now prevented from hiring Bangladeshi workers". Who's being punished here??? I thought the culprits were who failed to pay their workers after the job is done, not the victims who were not paid??!!! I fail to see the penalty part of the justice here - two months of pitiful salary and no compensation for the hardship they endured??!!! Way to go Kuwaiti Labour Court!!!

abdullah 12 years ago

why some employer in middle east exploit the employees from south east asia in such a bad way. it's a matter of shame. while they proclaim themselves as being muslim.

abdullah 12 years ago

not a fair judgment. can they deliver such a judgment in case involving a U.S.or western employee?