Indian workers hungry in Saudi Arabia


This 17 August 2018 video is about Saudi Binladin Group workers demanding payment of their wages.

Another video used to say about itself:

Saudi Binladin Group employees stage protests, torch buses as thousands reported laid off

3 May 2016

Saudi Arabia’s Binladin Group is facing a backlash from its employees after reportedly deciding to sack over a quarter of its staff. …

For several weeks thousands of the company’s workers have been staging protests in Mecca and Jeddah, a city on the Red Sea coast, after their salaries have gone unpaid for months. The tension escalated last week after the local newspaper Al Watan cited a source as saying that the construction giant had terminated 50,000 people, most of them foreign workers, and issued them exit visas.

… In a separate incident Friday, a company official reportedly injured five construction workers with his car after they rushed to his vehicle to protest the withholding of their salaries.

An Al-Watan report Monday said the layoffs would be even higher and number at least 77,000, including 12,000 Saudi nationals working as engineers, administrators and inspectors.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saudi Arabia: India bails out its jobless in Jeddah

Sunday 31 July 2016

INDIA’S embassy and consulates in Saudi Arabia have begun free food distribution to Indian citizens in the country who have been laid off or left unpaid by dodgy bosses.

The consulate in Jeddah issued photos of workers lining up to receive food packages. Thousands of Indian construction workers have been made redundant during an industry slowdown and Saudi authorities take no responsibility for the welfare of foreign workers.

India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that New Delhi would ensure no Indian worker had to go without food. A junior minister is also being dispatched to Saudi Arabia to assist Indian citizens who have trouble getting home.

Hundreds of thousands of Indians work in the Gulf kingdoms and they often toil in slave-like conditions, unable to change employer and suffering widespread racist discrimination. Complaints of unpaid wages and even physical violence against workers by their bosses are common.

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