Throughout his career as a real estate developer, Donald Trump repeatedly refused to pay contractors who did work for him, or he paid them so reluctantly that it sometimes took years before they were reimbursed for their services.
And now we have a report from the New York Times alleging that migrant workers from India, Nepal, and Pakistan who work at the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai are being paid so late by Trump International that their families often have to take out loans as the workers wait for their salaries to arrive.
The Times notes:
“The migrant workers make $200 to $400 a month, money that frequently comes weeks or months late, prompting recent strikes, according to interviews conducted by The New York Times with two dozen current and former workers at the Damac Hills course, where hundreds of laborers have been employed in recent years. The workers say they struggle to cover debts amassed in paying recruitment agents for their jobs, while confronting physical hardships and violations of their rights under local labor laws.”
One enraged Pakistani man who works at the Dubai golf club commented:
“He has countless amounts of money! We are very far away from our houses, from our children, our families. It hurts us.”
Another worker said being paid late could cause his family to starve:
“My family is dependent on me. When I don’t send money, shopkeepers stop giving groceries to my family.”
Making the situation even worse is the fact the workers at Trump Dubai have no way to seek better employment because the club “holds” their passports, making it virtually impossible for them to seek work somewhere else.
Contacted for comment, Trump organization spokesperson Amanda Miller told The Times:
“Trump is not the owner or developer of Trump International Golf Club Dubai nor does it oversee construction or employ or supervise any of the companies or individuals who have been retained to work on the building of the project.”
Stanford Law professor Robert W. Gordon said the president is clearly exploiting workers in another country, whether he realizes it or not:
“We really don’t want to be in a situation where senior government officials are thinking about how much money they are going to cost themselves by enforcing U.S. government policy. We are talking here about the head of the U.S. government personally benefiting from lax labor standards in another country.”
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org