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The Saudi Binladin Group has fully compensated its dismissed workers, the company said, responding to local media reports that it fired thousands without pay.The comments were the company's first response following weeks of protests in which workers set fire to company buses in Mecca. The Binladin Group has terminated the jobs of 77,000 expatriate workers and issued final exit visas for them to leave the country, Al-Watan newspaper reported Monday, citing a company official it didn't identify.Binladin stopped work on one of its biggest projects, the King Abdullah Financial District in the capital, Riyadh, after what it described as delayed payments. The project's owner threatened to cancel the company's contracts and award the work to other builders within weeks if Binladin doesn't return to the site.
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