600 Makkah construction workers strike
Police and troops called as precautionary measure during worker strike
Police were called to disperse a strike involving 600 workers from a “major construction company” in Makkah’s central area on Sunday.
Workers employed on the massive King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project – a development that includes five large towers and includes the Makkah Clock Royal Tower which overlooks the Grand Mosque – and workers from the Grand Mosque’s northern courtyard expansion project were involved in the strike, according to a report carried by local newspaper Arab News.
The newspaper claimed the workers were striking over non-payment of salaries and other grievances.
Maj. Abdul Mohsen Al-Mayman, spokesman of Makkah police, told Arab News that the workers peacefully assembled in the Grand Mosque’s courtyard to press their demands and were not causing any disturbances.
Al-Mayman said troops were sent to the site as a precautionary measure. The dispute was settled after contracting company representatives and workers were sent to the Labour Office to work through the grievances.