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Saudi Oger dismisses 1,300 workers at Madinah printing complex

Ailing construction giant allegedly owes employees several months of salaries

Saudi Oger dismisses 1,300 workers at Madinah printing complex

Stricken construction giant Saudi Oger served notice on more than 1,300 contract workers at the King Fahd Qur’an Printing Complex in Madinah on Tuesday, local media reported.

The employees were asked to contact the human resources department Saudi Oger to complete end-of-service procedures, Saudi Gazette reported, claiming to have seen a copy of the notice from Saudi Oger.

According to the newspaper, contracts will be terminated with effect from September 3.

Employees have been asked to register with Saudi Arabia’s social security programme Saned to obtain monthly subsistence while unemployed.

Saudi Oger has been hit by a drop in projects due to the low oil price and is struggling to make ends meet.

Earlier this year, it was reported that more than 30,000 employees had filed official complaints over alleged non-payment of wages, claiming their salaries had been delayed for several months.

Saudi Gazette said a large number of employees have approached lawyers to clarify their rights should the company fail to fulfill contractual obligations.

It was also reported that hundreds of former Saudi Oger construction workers are to fly home to Pakistan this week – but without the salaries they have allegedly waited up to nine months to receive.

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