Indian women not paid salaries for 9 months in Saudi Arabia

Mar 22 2014, 19:25 IST
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The women, all from Kerala, work for a company contracted to clean a hospital in Riyadh. AP The women, all from Kerala, work for a company contracted to clean a hospital in Riyadh. AP
SummaryThe women, all from Kerala, work for a company contracted to clean a hospital in Riyadh.

A group of Indian women working as cleaners in Saudi Arabia have gone on strike, accusing their employer of discriminating against Indian workers and not paying them salaries for nine months.

"We have stopped working since Sunday and they are discriminating against Indian workers. All the other workers have received payment. We have had many problems because of this," Maniyamma Rajan Vilasini, one of the 11 Indian workers, was quoted as saying by Arab News.

The women, all from Kerala, work for a company contracted to clean a hospital in Riyadh.

The Indian Embassy in Riyadh said it was taking up the the plight of these women workers with Saudi authorities.

"In the case of the female workers, the embassy is in constant touch with the workers, top management of the company and Saudi authorities. The embassy will continue to follow up on the case on a priority basis," the Embassy said in a statement.

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