02 August 2016
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.

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