Labor arbitration center ready for launch: Ministry adviser

Updated 13 May 2017
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Labor arbitration center ready for launch: Ministry adviser

JEDDAH: A labor arbitration center is ready for launch to protect those in the labor market, Abdullah Al-Abdullatif, adviser to the justice minister, said Wednesday at the Development Dialogue Symposium in Riyadh.
The Justice Ministry plans to establish a modern labor court as part of the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 and Vision 2030, he added.
Studies reveal that most labor disputes are attributed to gaps in labor regulations, and many of these gaps have been rectified by recent amendments to the law, including Article 77 on arbitrary sacking of employees, Al-Abdullatif said.
There are 32 labor panels comprising 172 arbitrators currently handling labor cases in the Kingdom, he added. The number of cases is increasing this year, mainly due to the government’s residency-status correction campaigns that have uncovered violations, he said.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development received more than 165 labor dispute cases every day in 2016, totaling 58,504, of which roughly 55 percent were filed by foreign laborers.
According to a government report published by Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper, non-Saudi workers filed 32,095 cases, including work-related injuries.
About 11 percent, or 6,813 of the cases, were settled by reconciliation at the ministry’s offices across the Kingdom.
Most cases were filed in the cities of Makkah and Riyadh — 12,995 and 12,077, respectively — followed by the Eastern Province with 5,035.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.