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Foreign officials insist Saudi clear salary delays

Ministry and diplomatic officials from the Phillipines, Bangladesh, and France, have reportedly increased pressure on the Kingdom's labour ministry

Saudi construction firms have reportedly delayed salary payments. [Representational image]
Saudi construction firms have reportedly delayed salary payments. [Representational image]

Foreign governments are reportedly "pressing authorities and executives in Saudi Arabia" to ensure their citizens, working as expats in the Kingdom, are paid their delayed dues. 

Last month, it emerged that certain Saudi Arabian construction companies have delayed salary payments as projects dry up in the oil-hit country.

According to Reuters, the Kingdom's Ministry of Labour confirmed earlier this week that workers at a "major institution" had lodged complaints about non-payments.

Countries involved in the charge against delayed salaries in Saudi include the Philippines and Bangladesh. 

Labour secretary of the former, Rosalinda Baldoz, told Reuters that the country's embassy in Riyadh "was contacting Saudi authorities to resolve the issue". 

"I am deploying ... a fact-finding mission headed by Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad to meet with the workers, employers and competent authorities," she added. 

Bangladeshi diplomats said they had contacted major Saudi construction firms to discuss wages, which have gone unpaid for at least two months. 

Similarly, French officials have also reportedly sent a letter to the CEO of Saudi Oger, asking him to settle the dues of French staff in the company, which has delayed payments by four months. 

According to Reuters, an Oger executive said his company, much like others in the Kingdom, has been affected "by the current circumstances which resulted in some delays in fulfilling our commitments to our employees". 

In a brief statement, the Saudi labour ministry said all private sector companies were obliged to pay salaries on time and that it would impose sanctions against firms which were late.

It did not elaborate, or comment on individual cases.

 

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