Hastie employees left high and dry

FIVE weeks after the collapse of the Hastie Group, 1,000 staff based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been left in the lurch, with their former managers forced to support them out of their own pockets.

In Australia, about 80 per cent of the 2,700 workers made redundant are now back working for other contractors, having received their full termination entitlements.

But the 1,000 mainly Indian and Bangladeshi labourers are yet to see a cent of their entitlements, known locally as gratuities, after Hastie's bank account was drained of $3 million just days before administrators were appointed.

And a small group of Hastie managers, who have been using their own money to help abandoned employees, claim they have been left high and dry by the administrators.

Hastie's general manager in Abu Dhabi, Darren Hunt, is one of four bosses left in the country, and like his workers, he feels abandoned.

Read more at ABC news online


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