WORKERS PROMISED UNPAID WAGES
Firm starts paying wages but guards angry at delay
A Dubai security firm whose employees went on strike last week in a row over pay has gradually begun paying salaries again and asked its personnel to return to work.
The staff staged a protest on Wednesday in Al Quoz, sparking a response from police and labour officials, as a months-long row between security guards and management boiled over.
The management had not paid its staff at all in 2016 and still owed half of December’s wages.
The firm - which supplies security to offices, hotels and hospitals - yesterday said it had paid two weeks’ wages as of Thursday and is due to pay more to workers each Sunday.
But staff still owed several months’ cash expressed their dismay at the situation, with some telling 7DAYS they will continue to strike.
“We are not getting any payment from the company. Moreover, the company is not providing any food as well. We are starving. How can we go to work without food?” one Egyptian security guard, Hassan, 27, said. He added: “A manager came to the compound and asked us to come back to work. Most of the security guards refused and asked for the rest of the payments. “A few accepted to go back to work and they were offered a deal. The deal was that all security guards will receive January’s salaries this Sunday, February’s salary next Sunday, and so on.” Security guards at the company earn between Dhs1,750 and Dhs2,000 per month and many said they support families at home in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Egypt. Workers also striked at what they say are unacceptable living conditions.
The firm’s operational manager yesterday said a month’s salary would be paid each week until the staff got what was owed to them.
Last week, he said the firm usually pay on time but “we have problems with some clients who failed to pay us, and this is the reason behind delayed payments.
“The company is addressing this issue.”
ANGER: Workers negotiate with police and labour officials last Wednesday