FIRM ORDERED TO PAY GUARDS
Ministry says striking guards must get salaries
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