At the time of writing (late March 2019) Nasir’s and Hanif’s salary claims are going nowhere. “Have three, four [mediation] meetings at TADM already,” Hanif says, “but boss never come.”
Adds Nasir: “MOM officer say this cannot settle, so we transfer or go home.” It could have been the TADM officer who told him that; workers can’t distinguish between MOM and TADM most times.
Nasir then mentions that if he chooses to go home, “maybe can get 30%” of his claim.
MOM has a kind of workers’ fund and officials seem to be able to draw against the fund to help workers. This may be what Nasir is referring to.
Hearing this, one of the senior volunteers at TWC2, who is sitting next to me, remarks, “This is strange.” Alex explains: “The process as laid out should be that their case goes to the ECT. Clearly, mediation has not been successful, so why are they not referred to ECT?”
One suspects that the officials handling the case are recognising the poor prospects of recovery of owed salaries. Why put the case through the courts if the chances aren’t good? — might be the reasoning. If the company boss is not even showing up at TADM mediation, is there any point in taking the matter to the courts? Officials may see that it’s best to get the workers partial payments from a fund and/or let them look for new jobs.