SEC workers strike over ‘low wages’

SEC workers strike over ‘low wages’
Updated 05 July 2014

SEC workers strike over ‘low wages’

SEC workers strike over ‘low wages’

Several employers contracted to the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) in Jeddah have gone on strike claiming that they are underpaid and have not been made permanent government workers as promised by the company.
The employees reportedly said recently they all have degrees in electrical engineering but have not been made permanent employees after working for two years.
They said they each only receive a fixed salary of SR4,500 a month for 16 hours of work a day, which they claim is significantly less than their counterparts in the company. They also claimed that they get the lowest level health insurance benefits.
They claimed officials at the company had given them verbal promises that they would be made permanent and paid like other workers at their level.
Abdalmaan Al-Sheikh, director of the company in Makkah, said: “These young workers are employed by operating companies, which provide services to subscribers under formal contracts. There is no clause stating that they should become government employees after a specific period of service.”
He said the employees should take up their grievances through official channels, or "meet with me directly to discuss the problem. But collective absence from work is an illegal action.”

“In terms of employment, a worker can get a job with the company after completing a series of training courses.”