Saudi Binladin workers torch buses after job cuts

Up to nine company buses were reportedly burnt by workers of the Saudi contractor, which is said to have slashed 50,000 jobs earlier this week

Binladin workers reportedly burnt company buses in Makkah. [Image: Arab News]
Binladin workers reportedly burnt company buses in Makkah. [Image: Arab News]

Workers of Saudi Binladin Group reportedly set fire to company buses in protest over job cuts and salary delays. 

According to UK newspaper the Independent, the attack on nine buses comes after Saudi daily al-Watan reported earlier this week that Binladin Group has fired up to 50,000 expats as it looks to reduce its costs

All these workers are allegedly foreigners, and have been given permanent exit visas to leave the Kingdom, al-Watan reported, citing unnamed sources.

The Saudi newspaper said the workers refused to leave the country without getting paid. 

Maj Nayef Al-Sharif, the spokesman for the Civil Defense in Makkah, said late Saturday that firefighters put out the blaze without any injuries reported, Arab News reported.

Binladin Group has not issued any statements regarding the layoffs or worker protests.  

Construction Week has emailed Binladin Group for further details. 

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