600 construction workers strike in Makkah

MAKKAH: Police dispersed Sunday morning more than 600 striking workers belonging to a major construction company in Makkah’s central area.

The workers of the King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project and the Grand Mosque’s northern courtyard expansion project were protesting nonpayment of their salaries and other legitimate grievances.

Maj. Abdul Mohsen Al-Mayman, spokesman of Makkah police, said the workers peacefully assembled in the Grand Mosque’s courtyard to press their demands and were not causing any disturbances.

Al-Mayman added that sufficient numbers of troops were sent to the location as a precautionary measure.

Police also sent representatives of the contracting company and workers to the Labor Office to settle their disputes.

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