More than 300 Indian workers employed by a U.S.-based marine fabrication company have alleged that they are being treated like 'animals' and have formed a committee to raise their concerns against the firm.
Indians working for Signal
International LLC, based in
All the workers were hired under the H2B visa program, also known as a guest worker program.
The employees alleged that they were frequently threatened by the firm with salary reduction and deportation, reported ethnic Indian newspaper Indolink.
According to an Indian
worker, Signal raided the workers camp last week. Company representatives
entered with armed guards and took away six workers, who were locked up in a
room and told that they would be sent back to
One of the workers, who had sold all of his possessions to obtain the H2B visa, ran into a bathroom and emerged with blood all over his body, the result of what was believed to be an attempted suicide.
In a statement to local
immigrants' rights advocates, representatives of the workers said: 'We paid
money to a
To fight for their cause, the
affected workers have formed a committee called Signal H2B Employees
Organisation. Members are closely monitoring the situation and preventing the
company from sending workers back to