Alumco immune to strikes, court ruling, and continuing angst of workers
Date Reported: 13 Oct 2020
Location: Saudi Arabia
CompaniesAlumco (part of Ruwad Civil Construction) - Unknown, Meta (formerly Facebook) - Unknown
Total individuals affected: 150Migrant & immigrant workers: (Number unknown - Bangladesh, Construction), Migrant & immigrant workers: (Number unknown - India, Construction), Migrant & immigrant workers: (1 - Pakistan, Construction), Migrant & immigrant workers: (Number unknown - Philippines, Construction)
IssuesRight to food, Non-payment of Wages, Failing to renew visas, Unfair Dismissal, Denial of Freedom of Expression/Assembly
Response sought: No
Action taken: The workers interviewed state that they continued to work until July 2019 but then went on strike in an attempt to secure wages from the company which is owned by Ruwad Civil Construction (RCC). In December 40 workers were reportedly given an interim payment of 400 USD and promised the remaining amounts if they continued work; the other 110 workers were told their employment was terminated. In February 2020 a group of 50 workers took the company to court in an attempt to obtain payment and prevent their deportation. In March 2020 the Labour Court issued a decision that the workers should be paid for the period they worked with out pay in 2019 (April-July) but the workers have still not received payment. We invited Alumco & Ruwad Civil Construction to respond but they did not.
Source type: NGO
Between August and November 2019, Alumco’s entire workforce...went on strike and said that they would only resume work once they were paid their overdue salaries...“We last received our salary in April 2019 but we continued to work till July 2019. After that, we went on a strike,” Amir [a migrant worker] says....In December, about 40 workers were given SAR 1500 (USD 400) – less than a month’s pay – and promised the remaining overdue payments if they resumed work. The other 110 workers were informed that they had been terminated..In February 2020, a group of 50 employees including Amir, decided to take the company to court. Amir says this was not with the hope of being paid but to prevent their deportation...Just weeks later, in March 2020, the Labour Court issued a decision that the workers should be paid for the four months of 2019 (April-July) along with any benefits accrued during that time....Migrant-Rights.org tried reaching out to Alumco Saudi Arabia and RCC by phone and email but received no response...Despite the verdict coming out in their favour, the workers have only been paid SAR 500 (USD133) – ‘gifted’ on Eid ul Adha – with promises of more. As of October 2020, no further payments have been made.