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Indian-origin worker fights for 2012 London Paralympics pay

A 30-year-old Indian-origin Man Is Among Several Workers Who Are Still Waiting To Be Paid For The Work They Did For A Now-defunct Security Firm Nearly Four Years Ago During The London Olympics.

PTI | Updated on: 22 Feb 2016, 08:36:11 PM

London:

A 30-year-old Indian-origin man is among several workers who are still waiting to be paid for the work they did for a now-defunct security firm nearly four years ago during the London Olympics.

Jatinder Ghuman worked for Britannia Security Service at the 2012 Paralympics as a steward overseeing crowd control, according to a BBC investigation.

Ghuman claims he is still owed all of his wages nearly four years later, despite working for 14 consecutive days.

“The amount of money I was looking to get is around 1,500 pounds, for the work I did. We were doing 12 to 13 hour shifts and we were told that if we did five days in a trot (consecutively)... we will actually get a 250 pounds bonus as well. We didn’t even get that,” he told the BBC’s ‘Inside Out London’ show to be telecast today.

At least 11 stewards and security guards are owed up to 1,800 pounds each.

The woman who allegedly hired all of them, Rukhsana Kauser, insists she never directly recruited anyone for the Olympics.

In 2012, Kauser was the sole director of Britannia Security Service Ltd, which has since been dissolved.

It was sub-contracted to recruit and manage staff for the Olympics by another firm, AP Security. AP Security says it gave Britannia all the funds needed to pay the employees.

But employees who tried to chase her for unpaid wages got no reply to their emails or phone calls. Kauser refused to appear on camera.

The group of 11 workers, including Ghuman, are now exploring legal action to get their dues back.

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First Published : 22 Feb 2016, 08:32:00 PM

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