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Unpaid workers set fire to buses in Saudi Arabia

On May 1, 2016

Workers of the Binladen group, one of the largest employers in Saudi Arabia, set fire to buses in Mecca province. Over 50,000 workers have been laid-off and asked to return to their home countries without pay.

Below is a YouTube of the footage showing the workers protesting, on Saturday.

The complete report can be read here.

There is little room for protests or strikes in the GCC. However, 2014 saw a new trend of workers protesting maltreatment and abuse. reported how crackdowns on migrant workers in the GCC do not succeed in silencing migrant dissent. We examined the different ways in which major strikes were handled by authorities and employers across the GCC.