Angry workers burn Saudi Oger vehicles

ANGER: Saudi Oger vehicles are seen burning outside the branch office of the company in Jeddah. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 09 June 2016
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Angry workers burn Saudi Oger vehicles

JEDDAH: For the second time in just a few months, 150 expatriate workers of a major contracting company gathered in front of their employer’s office in Jeddah to protest against the delay in their salaries and set fire to a number of company vehicles.
The workers of Saudi Oger company burned a number of buses and heavy vehicles belonging to the company in front of the firm's branch office in Jeddah on Monday. The police prevented the crowd from indulging in further violence and Civil Defense teams extinguished the fires. The workers later dispersed.
“Some 150 expatriate workers gathered in front of Saudi Oger’s branch office in Jeddah at 9 p.m. on Monday. The workers set fire to the company’s vehicles. They were protesting against nonpayment of salaries for six months,” Jeddah police spokesman Atti Al-Qurashi said.
Lately, construction workers have found a new way to express their anger over delayed salaries. Several company buses of the Saudi Binladin Group were previously burned in Makkah.
Gulf-based construction firms have been among the hardest-hit by lower oil prices. Several construction companies suffer from a low number of projects and high costs of their workers’ salaries. Consequently, many construction companies have not been able to pay their workers salaries.
Meanwhile, the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry has transferred workers’ complaints to a special court. Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, director of the media center at the ministry’s branch in Makkah region, said the Labor Office has stopped all services to these companies as result of a violation of the Wage Protection System.
In March 2016, the Labor Ministry took several measures to resolve the issue of some workers’ complaints of delayed salaries. The ministry previously confirmed that it stopped providing its services, including social security and passport affairs, to Saudi Oger Ltd. as part of its punitive steps. The ministry had also formed a committee to address the issues raised by Saudi Oger employees. The Riyadh governorate was expected to coordinate with the committee to resolve the matter.


Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

King Salman arrived in Al-Jouf on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

  • The king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure

JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions.
King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will announce the construction of a new city, bolstering the local economy and creating thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s most northern region.
On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 
He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion ($22 billion) city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion —  and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase — worth SR30 billion.
In the past two months the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom inline with Vision 2030 — a broad strategic plan to diversify the economy and end dependence on oil revenues.
Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched.
He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxurious tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction.
King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced yet another major project in western Saudi Arabia.
Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions, adds to a number of already launched ventures on western coastal regions.
PIF will establish a company to develop Wadi Al-Disah in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development.
In addition to this week’s tour, the king has so far visited Madinah, Qassim and Hail.