Construction workers in Saudi approach executive court over delayed salaries

The case is said to have been in the legal system for 30 months

Dozens of employees of a construction firm in Makkah have reportedly approached the local executive court to speed up the payment of their delayed salaries.

Saudi’s Makkah newspaper reports that the 76 Saudi and expatriate employees are urging the court to speed up the case, which has been in the legal system for two and a half years.

A real estate unit belonging to the company’s owner in the Al-Aziziyah district of Makkah was to be auctioned two weeks ago to pay the salaries but this was halted after it turned out it was not solely under his name.

Sources told the publication another land plot owned by the employer in Makkah could be sold to cover the workers’ dues.

The auction of this is now expected to take place on April 10.

Saudi employee Talal Al-Harbe told the publication some workers had not received their salary for a year, while others hadn’t for four to nine months.

The process was said to be delayed due to the need for several complaints lodged in courts across the city to be met with a final verdict.