Former employees pursue i-mate through courts

Aggrieved staff fight for salary payments following office closure

Tags: United Arab Emiratesimate Carrier devices
3200 days ago
jack

Can anyone tell me how to contact the liquidators of imate?

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3491 days ago
Jamal Hamdan

TECOM's failures are many. Their complaints department is a joke. The whole of it. From top to bottom. They treat what they see as weak companies badly. If you have backing or the image, they stay away from touching you. They protect employees based on friendship and favors. And they can't differentiate between minor issues and major issues. Since they were too busy dealing with stupid bureaucratic details, they have neither time nor energy not attention to catch and deal with cases like i-mate. TECOM needs an overhaul. Every staff of the complaints department must be changed. They need to start treating free-zone companies like true partners. And take corrective action before things get too late like in the case of imate.

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3491 days ago
A disatisfied ex-TECOM sponsored employee

The writer states that TECCOM labour cases take anything up to 60 days to process. This is nonsense. I went through a similar case with a dirty employer earlier this year. When I took my case to TECOM Labour Dispute office they advised me to make a complaint, telling me that the employer was wrong, that they would see that I got my dues etc. etc.. That was at end of May. They did nothing other than send him and e-mail copy of my complaint, arranged no meeting s between us and after 14 days referred the case to the Dubai Civil Court. They made it sound so easy. Just go to the court, hand in the papers and the judge will sort it all out for you. They told me that I would not need a lawyer. Five months later, 8 court hearings and AED 20,000 in legal and translation fees to date, the employer has only just responded in court. Meanwhile, TECOM have allowed him to close his company down moving all the assets out to another company in Hong Kong, have apparently allowed him to cancel his visa and to leave the country, and have contacted me to tell me that if I don't submit my passport to cancel my residence visa and work permit at my own expense, they will list me as an absconder. The bottom line is that if you go to the Labour Dispute office, you will be faced with young inexperienced locals just out of school who will do nothing to help you and eventually you will end up in court. You will have to employ an Arabic speaking Advocate, you will have to translate ALL court documents into Arabic and it will likely take many months before you see a judgement, if at all. This will cost you a lot of money, and if you lose your case, you will more than likely end up paying all the court costs too. Be warned, the law favours the employer. He can get away with this.

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3423 days ago
Another dissatisfied employee

After reading the article about TECOM's complaint department ,I am really scared now . I am working for a company which falls under TECOM and I have filed a complaint to TECOM who inturn has mailed my complaint letter to my employer . All evidences are against my employer and even I have proof that he took money towards my visa charges .But after reading what you all have gone through I have lost trust and I am really scared also .

3508 days ago
AXXXX

I agree with Peter! I believe there are other Freezones who would have not taken this lightly! But unfortunately, Tecom failed to protect the employees, and chose to step aside from this matter, knowing fully well that cases like this should have been taken very seriously! I think Tecom is more afraid of losing the company than protecting the employees! If this was with any other Freezone, the case would have been decided already and the assets of the company would have been frozen to protect the rights of the employees as per UAE laws. So DIC is not very effective when it comes to labor disputes! Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

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3508 days ago
former imate employee

To John and Sanjeev, You did not work for I-mate, you were not one of the employees and so you should not make assumptions until you get your facts right! It is true that the 2.6Mil is NOT ENOUGH to cover the payments of staff. It's 1M short! In that case, Jim Morrison's statement should not be believed. Either because he was lying or he didn't know the figures himself. It is true that the staff held on to the checks of Sharaf DG but only to protect themselves of Jim Morrison's evil plans! In August before Jim officially announced that the company will shut down, there was 1M in the company's accounts but instead of paying August salaries of employees, Jim took all the money and left the country! This is clear that he does not have any intention to pay his staff! Then, he announced that all shall go on UNPAID LEAVES for 60 days, which will buy him 2 months to NOT PAY HIS STAFF, possibly liquidate the company, clear Sharaf's checks, take the money into his personal accounts, and then declare insolvency. Now, in this regard, the staff who held on to the checks and deposited it to the courts or lawyers were right in their move to prevent Jim from doing what he was planning to do! Now Sanjeev, tell me! Don't you think that this is a clever thing to do? Can you still say that the people who were left at Imate were the ones who couldn't get anything? FYI, many of the harder working employees who were more talented stayed on because they believe they can resuscitate the company! And they almost did, with the launch of the 810Fs! But it seems that Jim Morrison had something else on his mind! And how can you say that only 1-2 are are genuine cases? Because people were paid 125% over the market rates? So what?! When you get your offer, you work for the company, you are supposed to be paid that amount! And non-payment of these salaries and gratuities constitute a genuine labor case! DO YOU MEAN TO SAY THAT ONLY THE LOWER-PAID EMPLOYEES DESERVE TO BE PROTECTED BY THE LAW? Wow! To all other I-mate Staff members, who are still working for Jim Morrison, I hope you get your day one time and then you would believe the rest of what your other colleagues are saying to you! Jim Morrison is NOT TO BE TRUSTED! He lies! And pretty soon, the truth will unfold! And he will be facing all the consequences of his actions! The worst, most classless way to lose a job was to lose it with an employer like Jim Morrison who does not give a rat's ass about any of his loyal and strong employees! Sanjeev, the people who left were asked to leave and those who jumped ship felt that they lost the protection of those who were fired as they have done so much mess in the company and they were not clever enough to clean it up. And these were the people who got paid their dues when they left! The people who ARE clever enough and loyal enough to the company, they are the ones suffering now from Jim's mean and evil plans! So to the two of you, please get your facts right first before you start accusing people or making assumptions. This did not happen to you and pray to God that this will NEVER happen to you! Because if it does, you might not be strong enough or clever enough to survive it!

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3512 days ago
JeffSL

I think Sanjeev has got his facts wrong, the people who were getting exaggerated salaries were let off by JM last yr to reduce the ops cost, some ppl left on their own accord as they felt fit to do so. Your accusation of a mafia within i-mate is a joke as I personally know only 3 Sri Lankans were working there and one already had left and gone back. So doubt with 2 Sri Lankan any Mafia can be established get you facts right, you didn't work their so don't just make false and rasict remarks if you don't know what is going on!

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3513 days ago
Peter

It will be interesting to see how DIC handle this after it failed to protect the employees within another of the companies it hosted, ITCC, which failed 7 years ago with over 100 local staff left being owed several months of salary and redundancy. It is imperative for DIC it is seen to safeguard, through its regulations, company employees impacted by closure, M&A or apparant corporate juxtapositioning, as in this case

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3513 days ago
Sanjeev Badlani

From this total employee's, i think, there must be 1-2 genuine case, since all employee's were paid, 125% plus salary over the market rate, when many of them, were recruited from the local disti's.Also begining 2007, when the writing appeared on the wall, the capable and clever guys, jumped ship and joined various outfits, like BP,Nokia,and Siemens....only those, that couldnt get anything, stayed on...knowing fully well, the ship will sink. The so called Lankan mafia, which ruled the employee scene, too were not united and now blaming I-mate mgnt is ridiculous.

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3513 days ago
Omar

35 staff must be paid very well if 2.6Mill AED is not covering their salary that is 75K each. they did take the cheques they stat it.

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3513 days ago
John

Morrison staes payments from retailer Sharaf DG for products worth AED2.6m (US$700,000) would have more than covered staff wages, but accused sales people of holding onto the cheques as a "ransom" for salary and gratuity payments. The former i-mate employee that itp.net spoke to insists both allegations are strongly refuted The ex-employee acknowledges that four cheques were withheld by staff, There were cheques from Sharef DG to pay salaries but it seems staff did take them they even through they refuted that they did but then admit that they did. I know who i belive and it is not the staff member

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