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Saudi: United Seemac accused of salary non-payment

Saudi Arabia’s United Seemac has been accused of failing to pay the wages of 500 of its employees for periods ranging from six to 20 months

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The above image is for illustrative purposes only.

Riyadh-based United Seemac has been accused of failing to pay the wages of 500 of its employees for periods ranging from six to 20 months.

Two sources close to the company told Construction Week that hundreds of the contractor’s employees, from India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, are stranded in the kingdom.

The sources claim affected staff members requested the return of their passports from United Seemac on 9 September, 2016.

Two days later, employees are said to have been informed that their requests would only be accepted if they signed papers agreeing that the firm did not owe them money.

“Over 500 employees haven’t been paid for several months now,” said one source. “There have been quite a lot of delays with issuing exit visas as well.”

Construction Week offered United Seemac the right to reply, but the company refused to comment.

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