Min­istry says strik­ing guards must get salaries

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

The Min­istry of Labour has or­dered a se­cu­rity firm whose work­ers are on strike over de­layed salaries to pay up.

The move came in re­sponse to on­go­ing action in­volv­ing hun­dreds of se­cu­rity guards.

Some 600 per­son­nel work for the Al Quoz com­pany ear­lier this month said they have not been paid since De­cem­ber.

About 200 have re­turned to work but many have re­fused un­til they re­ceive their dues. Most earn Dhs1,750 to Dhs2,000 guard­ing ho­tels, of­fices and hos­pi­tals.

The firm had paid Jan­uary’s and half of Fe­bru­ary’s wages as of Thurs­day. It said it has strug­gled to get clients to pay up, which it said has caused the back­log.

Ma­her Al Obad, As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Labour In­spec­tion Af­fairs, told 7DAYS: “The min­istry is closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion of about 600 work­ers who have stopped work­ing in de­mand of four months de­layed salaries. The min­istry will re­fer the com­pany to pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion if no mecha- nism for pay­ment of work­ers’ dues is made.” The firm and the se­cu­rity guards 7DAYS spoke to said the row has been on­go­ing since the start of this year and cul­mi­nated in a strike that po­lice were called to on May 12. Both the min­istry and strik­ing work­ers said that many have asked for their fi­nal salaries to be given and their doc­u­ments re­turned so they can fly back to their home coun­tries. Oth­ers said they wish to stay with their com­pany. An Egyp­tian se­cu­rity guard, Mo­hammed, 29, said yesterday: “I need this job to sup­port my­self and my fam­ily back in Egypt. I have plans to get mar­ried soon, as well. I hope to re­ceive my de­layed salaries and con­tinue work­ing.”

The com­pany’s op­er­a­tional man­ager said it will com­ply with the min­istry’s or­der.

He said: “The com­pany is cur­rently man­aged by the owner’s brother and he’s will­ing to solve all the com­pli­ca­tions.

“He man­aged to speak with labour­ers and set­tled the de­layed wages of 250 work­ers. The rest are ei­ther will­ing to re­sume work­ing and the oth­ers want to re­turn to their home coun­try.”

DE­MANDS: Frus­trated guards speak to po­lice at their Al Quoz ac­com­mo­da­tion ear­lier this month

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