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Gulf sees most complaints from Indian workers

Kuwait tops list for number of grievances on ill-treatment, non payment, says Indian minister

Gulf sees most complaints from Indian workers
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Indians working in Gulf countries are responsible for the highest number of complaints about conditions this year, according to a government minister.

By contrast, overseas workers in Malaysia have the least number of complaints regarding exploitation, ill-treatment or non-payment of salaries, said Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi in comments published in local media. 

He said those working in Kuwait have the highest number of grievances, totalling 2,253.

Qatar, where many Asian workers are employed in its booming construction industry, saw the second highest number of complaints (2,194) as of July this year.

Saudi Arabia (1,889), Oman (1,494), Bahrain (470) and the UAE (393) were also high on the list, he added. 

"The Indian government has taken several initiatives to protect the welfare of overseas Indian workers. There does not appear to be a continuous rise in the number of cases of exploitation or misbehaviour and harassment of Indian workers," he said in a statement.

Last month, it was reported that 100 Indian workers stranded in Bahrain for six years will be allowed to return home after their former employer, Nass Corporation, reached an agreement with the Indian Embassy.

The Manama-based conglomerate said it had agreed to withdraw the case against the employees it accused of "absconding from work" following a dispute over wages in 2006.

India has signed labour agreements with Jordan and Qatar, and memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Malaysia and Bahrain.

The MoUs are designed to enhance bilateral cooperation in management of migration and protection of labour welfare.

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JAY 7 years ago

why does this not surprise me even some of the biggest and most admired companies ignore the labor law here hoping to simply get away with it a friend of mine recently left a major Kuwait company and was refused his rights and it was only when he went to the ministry of socail affairs and labor that he got what he was due
major companies give allowances and then stop them make you buy thier products and dont give you your entitlement the government wont do anything to stop this
the solution is simple give 3 months to comply to all companies then clamp down and stick to the law and government should revoke the commercial licences of those failing companies who dont comply

Kun 7 years ago

I very well agree. It happens in a lot of Gulf states and despite all this, I have read for myself comments written by the local populations that they will be very happy and the expat population is cleansed.

Will any Saudi or Emirati work for any menial position? In a successful society, people belonging to all classes work in order to improve the every aspect of the country - these inturn benefit the GCC nationals.

They criticize us for our greed for money but aren't they the one to issue us visa and asking us to work for them. Obviously, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Gulf provides opportunity and we work. If you dont want us, do not issue any more visas. we are not interested in you either. Our economy is way stronger than yours. Period.