“In Bangladesh, the agents and contractor told us our wages would be more than OMR 100 a month and we would work only eight hours each day. We paid three lakh taka (OMR1,500) to the agent. Now, we don’t know when we will earn OMR1,500. They’re crooks. They promise good amounts when they hire us, but give us something different here,” they said.
A wage protection system (WPS) was introduced by the Ministry of Manpower and the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) in January 2014,which made the payment of private sector wages mandatory through authorised banks and financial institutions, after many instances were reported of employers denying wages to workers.
But violations of the law continue in a different way.
“It is an offence,” says Mohammad Sanaullah, a Bangladeshi rights activist based in Muscat.
“The victims must speak up about this issue to the law enforcement agency and to the Bangladesh mission in Muscat,” he added.
A senior Royal Oman Police official, who wished not to be identified, told Times of Oman that the payment of wages concerns the Ministry of Manpower and victims should approach the ministry.
Another young man, an employee facing the same problems at a cafeteria in the Ruwi neighbourhood, recalled his friend Shahid, who told his employer about the employees being taken advantage of, “and was sent back to Bangladesh”.
“He used to talk about the law a lot, but the employer ended his contract. Now he has to clear his debt back home,” says Fatah (assumed name), who has come from the Faridpur district of central Bangladesh to work in Oman.
Source: Oman Times