Bin Ladin Group lays off 50,000 workers some yet to be paid
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Fifty thousand foreign laborers have been fired by the Binladin Group construction company in Saudi Arabia. Some have not been paid salaries for the last four months.
|In protests over the unpaid salaries, workers in Mecca set seven buses on fire. The workers were told to leave Saudi Arabia without their pay. The Saudi daily Okaz reported the bus fires were extinguished with no fatalities. It said the authorities launched an investigation into the incident. The paper did not mention the fire was part of a protest by the workers because they were not paid.|
On 11 September 2015, while doing construction work in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, one of the Group's cranes collapsed due to high winds causing 118 deaths and almost 400 injuries. As a result, the Saudi king suspended bin Laden’s family construction firm and banned the firm from taking new projects while having its current projects reviewed.Preliminary investigation shows that the crane was not properly secured. BinLadin has yet to issue a public statement responding to their suspension.