Hospital workers stage protests in Saudi Arabia over unpaid wages by Saad Specialist and Dr Fakhry & Alrajhi Hospitals

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27 September 2016

Angry foreign staff block Saudi road in protest over missing pay

Author: Rori Donaghy, Middle East Eye

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].

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21 September 2016

Saudi and foreign workers unite to strike over unpaid wages

Author: Rori Donaghy, Middle East Eye

Staff at a...private hospital in Saudi Arabia entered the fourth day of an open-ended strike on Wednesday in protest over wages not being paid for almost four months...the hospital strike is even more notable as both Saudi and foreign employees have worked together to protest the unpaid salaries...Security was called in to pull down posters put up by staff detailing the pressures of not being paid, including debt, having no car, and an inability to send children to school. Staff alleged corruption, rather than cash flow, is the problem. No one from the Saad Group responded to requests for comment on why the hospital is not paying their staff. 

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Author: Fayez Nureldine, AFP

تجمع أكثر من 100 من الطاقم الطبي داخل مستشفى شرقي السعودية الاثنين 19 سبتمبر/أيلول احتجاجا على تأخر الرواتب 3 أشهر، في الحلقة الأحدث من سلسلة تعثرات مالية لشركات في المملكة…ويتبع المستشفى لـ "مجموعة سعد" التي تدير أعمالا متنوعة في الخليج وتستثمر في دول عدة حول العالم، وتعود ملكيتها لرجل الأعمال الثري معن الصانع...وتواجه شركات سعودية كبرى أزمات مالية حادة، لاسيما شركات المقاولات، تنعكس على رواتب عشرات الآلاف من موظفيها. وأفادت مصادر مطلعة في مارس/آذار، أن "السبب الرئيس لهذه التعثرات يعود لتأخر الحكومة في سداد مستحقات الشركات بسبب تراجع إيرادات الدولة جراء انخفاض أسعار النفط منذ منتصف 2014".وانعكست الأزمة المالية على عشرات الآلاف من العمال الأجانب، وكذلك على الذين يواجهون صعوبة في مغادرة المملكة أو تغيير وظائفهم، ما دفعهم أيضا للإضراب والاحتجاج في مناسبات عدة.

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