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Youssouph Bayo from Senegal has lived and worked in Iceland for six months, from July to December 2006. He is leaving the country today, probably without his rightful pay.

Bayo told Fréttabladid that he had worked for Már Ívar Henrysson, the owner of company Járnvirkinn, as a gardener and a pavement layer.

Bayo lived at his employer’s home in Reykjavík, who never provided Bayo with a social security number or a work permit and only gave him ISK 10,000 or 15,000 (EUR 107 or 161, USD 140 or 209) as payment on irregular basis.

Bayo demanded his pay at the end of December, but Henrysson took Bayo’s key and denied him access to his house. Bayo contacted the police, the Directorate of Labor and the Carpenters Association in Reykjavík in the hope of getting his full pay.

Halldór Jónasson of the Carpenters Association said he has tried to contact Henrysson without luck. He was not hopeful that Henrysson would give Bayo his money before Bayo leaves the country today.

Fréttabladid was not successful in reaching Henrysson yesterday.

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