Embassies intervene to settle labor strike

Updated 29 January 2013
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Embassies intervene to settle labor strike

Foreign missions whose workers are involved in a major strike against their companies will send their officers today to negotiate with their respective employers connected to the problem.
More than 7,000 Asian workers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and the Philippines went on strike on Sunday in Riyadh for nonpayment of salaries by their sponsors and also as a mark of protest against their sponsors not willing to pay the SR 2,400 requested by the Labor Department.
The construction workers belonged to a number of private companies that have been subcontracted by the Ministry of Finance to implement various projects as part of King Abdullah Financial district in Al-Aqeeq.
A senior official from the Labor department of the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh told Arab News that the mission received a complaint about this problem and that they will be sending a team to the site to get an on-the-ground report about the problem.
The strikers who blocked the main road because of their massive presence along the streets were asked by security authorities to submit their grievances in writing to their respective sponsors.
The labor welfare officer from the Pakistan Embassy told Arab News that he would be sending a special team to the construction site to initiate a dialogue between the sponsors and the employees for a peaceful settlement.
Reliable sources told Arab News that although the complaint was due to nonpayment of salaries, the workers' hidden grievance was the sponsors' refusal to pay the SR 2,400 to the Labor Department.


Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

The Two Holy Mosques program has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Two Holy Mosques program receives international award

  • The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago
  • King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH

RIYADH: The Two Holy Mosques program to care for the Kingdom’s cultural heritage has received the Sharjah International Cultural Heritage award for its achievements.
It was described as an unprecedented national program sponsoring projects and efforts related to all aspects of national heritage.
King Salman’s initiative to care for cultural heritage is one of the outputs presented by the SCTH, sponsored and financed by the country, and it is being carried out as part of the important initiatives of Saudi Vision 2030 with more than SR5 billion ($1.3 billion) allocated in the current phase. The initiative includes 10 courses, each under implementation consisting of a number of main projects that amount to more than 330 in total.
The state adopted the program presented by the SCTH four years ago and financed within the National Transformation Program with more than SR4 billion ($1 billion).
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom, 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors, the restoration of 18 villages and traditional towns to visitors.