From: M Hassan Ganguli <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Subject: [tanzeemhumhindustani] 'Hired for plastic factory, I have been cleaning toilets'
JEDDAH: IRFAN MOHAMMED
Friday 7 June 2013
Last Update 7 June 2013 1:17 am
Nearly 200 newly arrived Indians have accused two Bangladeshi labor-recruiting agents of forcing them to work as cleaners while they had been promised jobs in a plastic factory.
They approached Indian officials in Dammam yesterday with a fraud complaint. The workers alleged that a recruitment agent in Mumbai had promised them skilled jobs in Al-Babtain Plastic Factory in Dammam.
Nearly 200 skilled and unskilled youth from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh traveled to Saudi Arabia after paying between Rs. 90,000 and Rs. 150,000 (SR 5,938 and SR 9,895) to the Mumbai-based labor agent Fahad Enterprises — agency license number 00255/BOMB/PER/1000/3/4174/94 — according to the workers.
All the workers were forced to do menial jobs at various industrial locations in the Eastern Province. They have not been paid for the two months after they arrived.
Some of them told Arab News that they are living in deplorable conditions and are being constantly threatened by bosses. One worker, preferring anonymity fearing his Bangladeshi boss, said he was hired as an electrician but has been cleaning toilets since his arrival. They said that they are denied food if they refuse to work as cleaners. They have not seen the factory where they were meant to work or the offices of the Bangladeshi recruitment agents.
One worker said he had sold the gold meant for his sister's marriage to get a work visa for and was now unable to go home. Other workers had similar stories of financial hardship. The workers now believe their Bangladeshi bosses have abandoned them because they have not seen them for the last 20 days. A worker said he had called one of his bosses, but was told: "We didn't call you, eat or die, it's not our issue, go to hell." Other workers said they have also been treated in this manner
They have recently turned to Kerala social workers in Dammam for food. The workers are planning to ask the Labor Ministry to be allowed to join other sponsors.