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Angry foreign staff block Saudi road in protest over missing pay
Author: Rori Donaghy, Middle East Eye, Published on: 27 September 2016
Scores of foreign staff at Saudi Arabian company the Saad Group blocked a road in the Eastern Province on Tuesday as part of a protest over not being paid in more than seven months....amid rumours that the company’s owner has been siphoning off money for himself rather than paying wages...A second hospital in the Eastern Province went on strike as staff have not been paid since May. Doctors and nurses at the Dr Fakhry & Alrajhi Hospital in Khobar City blocked their clinic's corridors while holding signs calling for the owners to pay up...everyone at the [second] hospital was paid after...strike action...staff believe the delay in paying wages was down to the Ministry of Health not paying the owner for completed government work...Staff at the Saad Specialist Hospital remain unpaid and told MEE they have continued with their strike action...Public protests and strikes are banned in Saudi Arabia but unpaid workers across the kingdom have increasingly risked arrest by holding demonstrations and strikes amid desperate attempts to get their wages...[also refers to Bupa].