Gulf Indians object wage evasion

Indian workers in Saudi Arabia have gone on strike against non-payment of wages for a whole year.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 11:13 IST

Around 140 Indian and Bangladeshi workers in the Saudi city of Hail have gone on a strike for the second time in two months, demanding payment of unpaid wages over the past year.

The workers belong to a company which has a contract with the region's General Directorate of Health Affairs. They are involved in the maintenance and cleaning of various hospitals and healthcare centres in the region.

Indian Consul General Ausaf Sayeed said that the consulate's labour wing had been able to solve such problems in the recent past.

"One of the measures we are taking is to include a representative of our welfare section in the team headed by the labour consul that we send to different regions periodically to address labour issues," Sayeed said.

"In fact, I will lead the team myself to places and regions where there are a large number of Indian workers," he added.

First Published: Aug 28, 2006 11:13 IST