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SBG workers 'not been paid in up to seven months'

Saudi Binladin workers - many from India, Pakistan and Egypt - gathered in northern Riyadh to demand their unpaid wages

Suadi Binladin workers claim to not have been paid for up to seven months.
Suadi Binladin workers claim to not have been paid for up to seven months.

Saudi Binladin workers have claimed they have not been paid in up seven months as they gathered to demand their wages from the construction firm, it has been reported.

The workers - many from India, Pakistan and Egypt - scanned lists of names taped to a wall outside a Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) facility to see if they had received their salary, according to Reuters.

The gathering took place in northern Riyadh close to the construction site for the $11.6bn King Abdullah Financial District.

SBG is responsible for a large portion of the project - however disputes appear to have interefered with construction as some unpaid workers have stopped showing up.

SBG prospered during Saudi Arabia's economic boom , but like many other construction firms, it has suffered as low oil prices have prompted the government to slash spending in an effort to curb a budget deficit of almost $100bn. 

Last November, sources close with SBG told Reuters, that the firm planned to cut around 15,000 workers.

Those who remain claim they have gone months without receiving their wages.

"Everyday we come here. They say 'come tomorrow, come next Sunday'. They tell me to be patient," Ramadan al-Sayed Ahmed, an Egyptian electrician, said.

"I take money from friends in order to eat," he added as he claimed not to have been paid since November.

SBG did not respond to an emailed request for comment from Reuters, the news agency said.

While state spending cuts have affected SBG, it has also struggled since King Salman suspended it from receiving new public contracts last September, following the collapse of one of its cranes which killed over 100 people in Mecca.

 

 

 

 

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