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Article
21 May 2020

Construction giant Saudi Binladin cuts jobs & salaries for thousands of workers amid Covid downturn

Author: Nicolas Parasie, Al Jazeera

"Saudi construction giant lays off thousands of workers," 20 May 2020...

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21 October 2019

One year to Expo 2020, UAE’s construction industry must do more to tackle abuse of migrant workers

Author: 21/10/19 - Adam Barnett, Communications Officer, BHRRC

Press release: New BHRRC snapshot finds migrant workers on UAE construction sites still face exploitation and abuse.

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Article
3 January 2017

Saudi Arabia jails and flogs workers for unpaid wage protests

Author: Middle East Eye

Dozens of foreign workers have been sentenced to flogging and jail for unrest during protests over unpaid wages by Saudi Binladin Group several months ago...reports...did not give the nationalities of the 49 workers...an unidentified number were...

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Article
11 October 2016

Opinion: Migrant workers trapped by Saudi's kafala system bear the brunt of country's economic downturn

Author: James Lynch, Middle East Eye

"Migrant workers bear the brunt of Saudi's archaic kafala system",  10 Oct 2016....

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Article
4 October 2016

Saudi building magnate 'told to pay staff or face arrest'

Author: Rori Donaghy, Middle East Eye

A labour court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said they it would issue an arrest warrant for the owner of building firm United Seemac if he does not pay staff owed wages for up to two years work...company owner Mohammed Owaideh...owes his staff SAR 3.5m (...

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Article
3 October 2016

Saudi Arabia releases $1 billion to help laid-off Indian migrant workers: Report

Author: Holly Ellyatt, CNBC (US)

Saudi Arabia has released around $1 billion in money owed to its biggest construction firms in a bid to contain labor unrest in the country, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The Saudi Binladin Group...was reportedly paid between $800...

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Article
30 September 2016

Saudi building firm offers starving workers $1 pay settlement

Author: Rori Donaghy, Middle East Eye

Company bosses at Saudi construction firm United Seemac...offered a pay settlement of just $1 to 215 foreign staff owed nearly $1m. Angry at United Seemac's repeated broken promises about payments, the workers broke into the company's head office in...

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Story
28 September 2016

Saudi Arabia: Construction company United Seemac leaves 500 workers stranded without pay; owner told to pay staff or face arrest

South and Southeast Asian migrant workers employed by United Seemac have not been paid for 20 months, according to recent media reports. Over 500 workers are unable to seek alternative employment or leave the country due to the company's refusal to...

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Article
26 September 2016

Saudi firm tells staff to forget owed pay if they want passports back

Author: Rori Donaghy, Middle East Eye

Foreign staff at Saudi construction firm United Seemac were told...they must give up on receiving pay arrears if they want to get their passports back and leave the kingdom...most permits for foreign staff expired last year and the company has not paid...

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Article
8 September 2016

Saudi Oger faces huge debt restructuring as rescue talks collapse

Author: David French, Tom Arnold and Katie Paul, Reuters (Dubai/Riyadh)

The Saudi Arabian government has ended talks aimed at saving construction giant Saudi Oger, which is now facing the prospect of a multi-billion-dollar debt restructuring to stave off collapse…[T]he government owes Oger about 30 billion riyals ($8...

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