Unpaid Alkhobar hospital staff strike

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This combination of still shots from a video shared on social media shows employees of Saad Specialist Hospital in Alkhobar in a heated verbal exchange with guards as they seek an audience with management.
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Updated 21 September 2016
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Unpaid Alkhobar hospital staff strike

RIYADH: A large number of employees at Saad Specialist Hospital in Alkhobar has gone on strike because of non-payment of salaries for the past three months. Jamil, an employee, said the hospital administration has not paid their salaries for three months now, after stopping transportation and housing allowance since July 2015.
A nurse said all staff members, including administrators, went on strike. She pointed out that cleaning and security employees, who have low salaries, did not join the strikers because they were properly paid.
She said the hospital’s management has not given any indication as to when they can expect payment or why salaries have not yet been paid. She said the Labor and Social Development Ministry has so far been unable to resolve the issue, despite meeting with staff members several times.
The strike began around three weeks ago, but gathered steam following the Eid holidays.
The hospital employs more than 4,000 people, 19 percent Saudis. The 15-year-old medical facility was considered one of the top hospitals in the region, attracting doctors from all over the world.
The hospital is a part of a conglomerate, which includes civil engineering, construction and real estate investment companies.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.