Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Employees in Limbo Due to Unfair Practices

by Somayya Jabarti & Hassna’a Mokhtar from the Arab News

Over a period of almost two months prior to publication, Arab News sent faxes to 13 labor offices across the Kingdom asking for information regarding unpaid wages. Responses were only received from two of the 13 offices. In relation to labor violations in the Kingdom, the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) released a report — the first of its kind — in May this year stating they have received complaints from expatriates about local Saudi companies that have mistreated them and cheated them out of their financial rights. The report stated that regulations and laws issued by the Labor Ministry and other officials were not put into effect. The NSHR also reported that there was a long delay in settlement of cases taken to the labor office due to a shortage of employees in the commissions for settlement of labor disputes.

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