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Gulf Indians want salaries on time

The Indians in Bahrain had also staged a two-day strike in protest against the late payment of salaries.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 12:15 IST

Thirty Indian workers, working for a construction company in Bahrain, have lodged a complaint with the Indian embassy there, alleging that their employer had been consistently delaying payment of their salaries.

The workers - labourers as well as some administrative staff - at the company in Zinj, a suburb of Bahrain's capital Manama, had staged a two-day strike in protest against the late payment of their April salaries.

They are expected to join their duties on Thursday.

According to a report in the Gulf Daily News newspaper, last month too the employees had staged a weeklong strike following which their employer agreed to release salaries - ranging from Bahraini dinars (BD) 50 to 75 - for three months, four months after the first payment was due.

The workers have also alleged that they have not been able to visit their homes in India as they were provided with only plane tickets and no leave salaries.

According to the newspaper report, there was no comment from the Indian embassy.

There are over 130,000 Indians in Bahrain, a large number of whom are contract labourers.