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Kuwait: 200 workers on strike over unpaid wages

Asian workers have gone on strike in Kuwait after claiming that they had not been paid for six months by their company

The 200 men protested outside Kuwait’s Ministry of Justice.
The 200 men protested outside Kuwait’s Ministry of Justice.

More than 200 Asian workers have gone on strike in Kuwait, claiming that they had not been paid for six months by their company.

According to Arabic daily Al Qabas, the men protested outside Kuwait’s Ministry of Justice.

The services director at The Palace of Justice spoke to the protesters and told them to submit their grievances at the Social and Labour Affairs Ministry.

Earlier this month, more than 30,000 Saudi Oger workers filed official complaints with the Labour Office over alleged non-payment of wages, according to a company source.

The workers - local and expatriates alike - claimed their salaries have been delayed for several months, Arab News had reported.

The contractors in the Gulf have been hit hard by the low oil prices and the challenging market conditions, which in turn has caused liquidity crunch for the companies.

Many of them have been unable to pay the workers' dues for months now, which has caused unrest among the labour force.

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