600 Makkah construction workers strike

Police and troops called as precautionary measure during worker strike

600 workers went on strike in Makkah on Saturday over non-payment of salaries and other grievances. Photo: Getty.
600 workers went on strike in Makkah on Saturday over non-payment of salaries and other grievances. Photo: Getty.

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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.


 

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