Pakistani workers take second case


A second case by six Pakistani workers, who claimed they had not been paid in over two months by an Indian restaurant-owner, came before the Labour Relations Commission yesterday, writes Alison Healy.

The men's solicitor brought the second case under the 1994 Terms of Employment Act, claiming they had not received a written contract from their employer, Mr Shahid Sultan, as was their entitlement. Mr Sultan had employed the men in his two Tandoori Nites restaurants in Waterford and Lucan, Co Dublin, earlier this year.

However, Mr Sultan's solicitor, Mr Dermot Coyne, said his client had furnished these contracts and had lodged them with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment when work permits were sought.

Yesterday Mr Sultan's solicitor appealed the earlier decision which awarded over £40,000 to the six men as compensation for lack of wages for more than two months. Some of the men had claimed they worked 14 hours a day, seven days a week.

Because Mr Sultan or any representative had not attended that hearing, Mr Colin Walker, a Rights Commissioner, said he accepted the employees' statements.