Uzice: Construction workers from Turkey cheated, some returned home without pay (PHOTO) – Economy

“We are victims of fraud. We didn’t get the money we made honestly and we don’t know what to do. We are shocked and outraged. “I hope Allah will help us,” workers from Turkey told Danas.

This is testified for Danas by one of the sixteen workers who, through the company “Nirvana”, worked from September 14 until a few days ago on the construction sites in Uzice. That company, they add, owed them about 70,000 euros.

They, like fourteen of their compatriots, who were engaged on construction sites on Zlatibor, legally arrived in Serbia through the same company with the intention of, as they say, “earn money for their families and repay loans.”

However, the two owners of “Nirvana”, otherwise Trur citizens, the workers testify, have not contacted them for a long time and claim that one fled to Belgrade and the other to Turkey.

According to the APR, the company “Nirvana” was founded by Turkish citizens Metin Avci and Chengiz Kara on September 6 this year, eight days before they brought Turkish workers to Uzice and Zlatibor.

That company contracted a deal with the Uzice-based company “Iding”, which, according to its owner Igor Dabic, paid all the obligations of “Nirvana”, which was supposed to pay the workers with that money, but it did not.

Deceived workers / Photo: Nenad Kovačević

The day before returning to Turkey, the workers, in a conversation with Danas, in a house in the Uzice settlement of Buar, which was rented for their accommodation by the owners of “Nirvana”, state that, since November 15, they have tried unsuccessfully to find employers.

“Metin Avci took money from Igor Dabić, the owner of” Iding “, for the work we did. We found out that Avci was in Belgrade, but we could not reach him, while his friend Changiz fled to Turkey “, explains Shain Eljid, one of the workers.

He and his compatriots were forced to return to Turkey, and the plane tickets were bought by the owner of “Yding”, to whom they express great gratitude.

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Shain Eljid / Photo: Nenad Kovacevic

They say that they did not report the fraud to the state authorities in Serbia, nor did they address the Turkish Embassy in Belgrade, because they do not “know Serbian laws, nor the Serbian language.” They will try to get their money back by suing the owners of “Nirvana” in Turkey.

“We will sue them, so let the trial last for five years!” That is our money and we earned it fairly “, says another indignant worker and states that he, like most of his colleagues, although they have residence permits, will not return to Serbia.

“We asked Igor Dabic to buy us plane tickets so that we could return to our families in Turkey.” He did it and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts. We didn’t have money, so we cleaned the snow from the city streets in order to earn a few dinars “, adds Eljid.

He took three banknotes of fifty, one hundred and two hundred dinars out of his pocket. That, he explains, is all he has, and other workers, he says, have no more.

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Deceived workers / Photo: Nenad Kovačević

The owner of the house was also damaged, because he was not paid rent, electricity bills and other communal expenses that, according to the contract with him, “Nirvana” had to pay. The workers managed to pay part of the debt and say that they are very satisfied with the conditions of accommodation and the attitude of the house owner.

“We are ashamed, but we don’t have the money to pay for all that,” they say, explaining that fourteen of their compatriots, who, through the same company, were located on Zlatibor and engaged on the construction site there, faced the same problems.

Their words are confirmed by Igor Dabić, the owner of Užice’s “Iding”. In an interview with Danas, he says that “Nirvana” remained indebted to him, because he paid more in advance than he should have.

“Those people, Metin and Chengiz, founded a company in Uzice. They signed a contract with me that they would perform construction works and they brought workers from Turkey. Everything was fine, until the workers told me that they were not being paid. I told them that I had paid all the obligations of Nirvana in advance, even more than that. However, that Metin soon disappears, all trace of him is lost, and Chengiz said that he was going to Turkey to bring money in order to pay the workers “, Dabić states for Danas.

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Deceived workers / Photo: Nenad Kovačević

He says that the workers are “good, family and honest people and great masters” and that he was close to some of them.

“They were desperate, and I had great difficulty solving at least some of their problems. Thirty people were left in such a situation, because some of them worked on Zlatibor, and some on the construction site of my company. I feel sorry for those people and I helped them as much as I could, by buying them plane tickets to return to Turkey, “Dabic told Danas.

Asked if he managed to get in touch with the owners of “Nirvana”, he said that “they disappeared, as if they had fallen into the ground”.

“Metin, who was in Uzice for three months and with whom I cooperated, disappeared and I don’t know anything about him, and Chengiz, as they told me, went to Turkey. They did not even say goodbye to me, “Dabic added.

Debts for rent and electricity

Zoran Adzic, the owner of the house that rented “Nirvana” according to the contract, says that the workers paid him around 1,000 euros for a part of the rent, electricity bills and other communal services, even though “Nirvana” had to pay all that. He adds that the company owed him around 3,500 euros for all those costs from September 14 to December 15. As the owners of the company were not available, he addressed the Basic Court in Uzice and asked for urgent collection of receivables from the account of “Nirvana”. However, the court did not accept that and decided to lead the dispute in a regular procedure. “I don’t know who will reimburse me for the costs, because the owners of that company are inaccessible to the prosecuted authorities, but we will see how it will end,” Adzic told Danas. he didn’t kick her out of the house. “

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Accommodation in Uzice / Photo: Nenad Kovačević

To Serbia for earnings

“I live with my parents, my wife and four children. I worked in Turkey, but that was not enough for my family and to pay back the debts to the bank. “I came to Serbia to earn money and I trusted the owners of Nirvana, but they deceived me and other workers,” said Shain Eljid, adding that most of the workers were from eastern and poor Turkey and that, except for four, others had families and they are all in great debt.


Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.

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