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Saudi Binladin Says It Paid Dismissed Workers Amid Protest

  • Group says affected jobs related to contracted projects
  • Company issued exit visas for 77,000 foreign workers: Al Watan
Construction cranes and towers at the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on March 9, 2016.

Construction cranes and towers at the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on March 9, 2016.

Photographer: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images
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The Saudi Binladin Group has fully compensated its dismissed workers, the company said, responding to local media reports that it fired thousands without pay. It described the job cuts as a routine measure amid a slowdown in the construction industry.

“Adjusting the size of our manpower is a normal routine, especially whenever projects are completed or near completion,” the largest construction company in Saudi Arabia said in an e-mailed response to questions on Monday. “Most of the released jobs had initially been recruited for contracted projects with specific time frame and deliverables.”