BD workers in Oman not getting salary timely

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 23 Aug 2017, 01:06:42
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BD workers in Oman not getting salary timely

Bangladeshi workers in Oman haven't been paid regularly for the last one year, according to a report by timesofoman.com.

"We are working, but we are not getting paid on time. Every two to three months, we are getting paid once. The last salary I got was on July 9, 2017," an employee in Barka said, who works as a carpenter.

Bangladesh Embassy officials in Muscat say they are looking into a case of 100 to 150 workers, who claim they have not been paid for up to nine months.

"We are following up with several cases where the workers haven't been paid on time," a senior official from the Bangladesh Embassy in Muscat, admitted.

"I get a monthly salary of OMR95 and an allowance of OMR25 every month. Just think of our condition, if we don't get salary on time," he said, adding that "a lot of employees have left the country as they were not getting the salary on time."

Under Omani law, it is illegal to withhold a worker's salary for more than seven days after the due payment date.

The official from the Bangladesh Embassy in Oman said they normally try to settle the matter between the sponsors and employees.

"If the matter is not resolved, then we suggest the workers approach the court," the official said, adding, "It is always better to solve the issues amicably as court judgments take a lot of time."

The workers further said that their salary settlement was not done even when they were leaving Oman. "The company paid some money and told them that they will send the due amount to their home accounts," a worker said.
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