STC staff strike over bonus cut
Workers at Saudi telco protest for second day over loss of annual bonus
Staff of the Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) protested against non-payment of bonuses for the second day running yesterday.
Customer services lines were reportedly unavailable, as staff in Riyadh continued to strike over a decision by STC to only pay an annual bonus to employees in grade four and five scales. The decision, revealed in a memo which triggered the walk out, would mean around 75% of staff would not receive the bonus payments.
The majority of the protesters are customer service staff working on support service numbers including 902, 905, 906 and 907 services.
An unnamed STC employee told Arab News: "Mainly those working in the 902, 905, 907 and 909 services are protesting the company's decision. It (STC) is just depriving us of additional payments from the annual reward system, which the company, in the past, gave to all employees."
Protesting staff gathered outside STC offices in the capital. According to Facebook groups, the protesters were also concerned that jobs may be outsourced to India, and that the recently announced 15% payrise for all public sector staff in the Kingdom, would not be applicable to STC staff. Facebook groups also called for the CEO of STC to resign, and for contract workers to also receive the same benefits as full time employees.