1,000 workers protest as company delays salaries by 6 months

Updated 17 February 2016
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1,000 workers protest as company delays salaries by 6 months

JEDDAH: More 1,000 employees of major construction company in Jeddah have refused to continue to work in protest against a six-month delay in their wages.
The workers disconnected the electricity at the establishment as a form of protest, local media reported on Tuesday.
A number of employees also damaged the company’s property and attacked the administrative staff from during a demonstration at the company’s gates, the report said.
Ahmad Salem, a worker of the company, said they have been suffering from this problem for more than six months. “Both foreign and Saudi employees have not been paid for far too long.”
Khalid Al-Jahni, another worker, said the company had promised to pay a part of their salaries immediately and the balance within two weeks, but nothing happened.
Mohammad Noor Al-Din said he had not received his salary for the past six months even though they work for eight hours a day. Abdulsalam Abdulhamid said that this company should be held accountable for the delay, as it seems that they want them to work without any financial returns.
Khalid Aba Al-Kheil, spokesperson for the Ministry of Labor, was quoted as saying that the ministry follows up and takes action against such companies. “The ministry received a number of complaints and it has stopped all its services to the company.”
According to standard procedures, the company was searched and followed up on by the ministry and other relevant government bodies, who are currently working to address this issue.
The ministry confirmed that it continues to implement all regulatory procedures against violating establishments, and emphasized that it will not be lenient toward any establishments that are not committed to the payment of salaries.


126,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj 2018

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126,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj 2018

DHAKA: The last Hajj flights from Bangladesh will leave for Saudi Arabia this morning.
About 125,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims have already reached the holy city Makkah, on special flights operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines
(Saudia).
The two operators will take the last batch of 1,400 pilgrims from Hazarat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, after which the Hajj flights will be closed until Aug. 27.
The Bangladesh government has made extensive efforts to cooperate with the Kingdom in arranging travel plans for pilgrims, said officials in Dhaka.
“Our Ministry of Religious Affairs is highly concerned about the well-being of the pilgrims,” Saiful Islam, director of the Hajj Office in Dhaka, told Arab News.
“About 250 Bangladesh officials, including the staff of the Bangladesh mission in Saudi Arabia, have been deployed at places that the pilgrims will visit while performing the rituals of Hajj,” he told Arab News.
Most of the staff of the Religious Affairs Ministry have been sent to Saudi Arabia to assist Bangladeshi pilgrims and provide them with emergency support, Islam said.
“Three medical camps have been established in Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah with 30 doctors and nurses to cater to pilgrims’ medical needs. In case of emergency, arrangements have been made to move a pilgrim in critical condition to specialized local hospitals,” he added.
“This year, so far, everything is under control and running very smoothly,” said M. Shahadat Hossain Taslim, secretary-general of the Hajj Agencies Association of Banglaesh (HAAB).
Speaking to Arab News from Makkah, Taslim expressed his gratitude to the Hajj Ministry of Saudi Arabia for its “better Hajj management this year.”
“Last year, many Bangladeshi pilgrims faced difficulty due to lack of transport in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah,” he said. “But this year, we have addressed the issue well ahead of time and are not facing any problem in this regard.”
Bangladeshi pilgrims were in a good condition and everything, from accommodation to treatment, was going well, he added.
A total of 126,000 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj this year.
The Hajj flights from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia will be closed after Friday and resume on Aug. 27 to bring the pilgrims back home.