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Labour official: 69,000 Saudi BinLadin staff fired

Local media reports say the contractor will pay 10,000 workers their delayed wages this month, according to an official from the Saudi labour ministry's Makkah branch

SBG has struggled to regain footing after the crane collapse at Makkah Grand Mosque last year.
SBG has struggled to regain footing after the crane collapse at Makkah Grand Mosque last year.

Saudi BinLadin Group (SBG) has reportedly agreed to pay the salaries of 10,000 of its employees in May, after workers organised protests against delayed wages last week. 

Abdullah Al Alyan, director-general of the Ministry of Labour’s Makkah branch, told local media in Saudi Arabia that the construction group would pay these dues this month.

Al Ayan continued: "The workers of Binladin Group enjoy good work experience and skills that qualify them to immediately join the labour market.

"This will save many companies recruiting costs should they wish to employ them."

A total of 69,000 employees have been dismissed by the company, he added.

He also said that the company will complete the transfer procedures of around 16,000 employees who have transferred their sponsorship to other national companies within 24 hours, according to Arabian Business.

It was previously reported that SBG would lay off 77,000 foreign workers and up to 17,000 Saudi nationals to improve cash flows. 

The Saudi contractor has struggled to regain footing after the fatal crane crash in Makkah Grand Mosque last year. 

Many of SBG's workers are said to be awaiting at least four months' worth of pay.

The company’s dues have reached more than $1.2bn (SAR4.8bn) payable in 2017, and a further $148.6m (SAR595m) payable in 2018, the report added. 

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