Jeddah workers said to strike over alleged unpaid wages

Fifty workers claim they have not been paid their salary for seven months
Photo for illustrative purpose. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Mon 11 Jul 2016 10:51 AM

Fifty workers in Saudi Arabia have gone on strike alleging that they have not been paid their wages for seven months, local media reported.

The workers are reportedly all Asian nationals working as technicians based in Jeddah.

They have visited the Ministry of Labour twice to lodge complaints against their employer but the parties have yet to reach an agreement, according to Saudi Gazette.

The newspaper claimed to have seen documents relating to the case and showing that the workers have not been paid their salaries since April.

It is alleged that the company is in financial difficulties and has previously delayed wage payments by up to three months at a time.

However, this is the longest its employees have gone without being paid.

One worker named as Muhammad Farooq was quoted as telling Saudi Gazette: “[My problems began] when I requested an exit visa after I was not paid my salary for couple of months.

“Now I don’t have my iqama [residence permit] and my exit visa has expired. I have worked for the company for six years and we have been patient whenever salaries were delayed, but this time it is taking forever.”

Farooq claimed the employees are accepting loans from relatives and friends. “Our families back home are left with nothing, and what we get here from our sponsor is only promises but nothing has happened for months now,” he said.

The newspaper did not disclose information about the employer, nor a statement from the company explaining its case.

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