Saudi Oger workers file 31,000 complaints

Updated 02 August 2016

Saudi Oger workers file 31,000 complaints

RIYADH: A Saudi Oger source has said 31,000 Saudi and foreign employees have lodged complaints with the Labor Office about delayed wages. The company stopped receiving projects after the government received complaints of nonpayment of wages.
Saudi Oger workers cannot leave the country as the Labor Ministry has stopped the employer’s services such as social security insurance and access to the Passport Department’s portal.
The source, who preferred anonymity, said the company terminated the contracts of Saudi engineers and foreign workers in all of its branches in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Jazan, Hail and the Eastern Province without settling their dues.
Some engineers have not been paid salaries for the last nine months. This means they are deep in debt and are no longer able to provide for their families.
A manager, who also preferred anonymity, said 58,000 employees find themselves in such dire straits. Of them, 23 percent are Saudis.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”