Saudi Justice and Labor Ministries sign agreement for effective launch of labor courts

The two ministries stressed the need for coordination to ensure the success of the labor courts’ launch early next year. (SPA)
Updated 08 August 2018
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Saudi Justice and Labor Ministries sign agreement for effective launch of labor courts

  • Memorandum of cooperation signed between the two ministries transferring jurisdiction over labor cases
  • Initiative aimed at bringing positive change to the labor market

JEDDAH: Justice Minister Waleed Al-Samaani and Ahmad Al-Rajhi, the minister of labor and social development, signed a memorandum of cooperation between the two ministries for transfer of jurisdiction over labor cases from labor dispute settlement bodies to the labor courts to be launched under the general judiciary.

In a joint statement, the two ministries stressed the need for coordination to ensure the success of the labor courts’ launch early next year, to overcome any difficulties and to bring positive change to the labor market.

“The Ministry of Justice seeks to serve all segments in the community,” said Al-Samaani. “This memorandum aims at developing cooperation in this regard without affecting the powers of any ministry.”

“Labor courts aim to enhance investment opportunities, and bring more assurance and attractiveness to the Saudi labor market,” the Ministry of Justice added.

Al-Rajhi said: “The Ministry of Labor and Social Development is working under strategic partnership and integration with the Ministry of Justice to serve the country. The success of the labor judiciary will reflect positively on the labor market.”

The memorandum recommends the formation of a joint and permanent high-level working group from both ministries to work on the requirements and ensure the success of the launch and operation of labor courts. It also includes several sub-groups for amicable settlement, employment oversight, technical support, and substantive technical support.

The duties will be distributed between the two sides to ensure effective implementation, each party developing a plan for the achievement of goals.

The memorandum also stipulates the submission of regular work progress reports by the joint team to the minister of justice and the minister of labor and social development.


Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

Updated 16 min 51 sec ago
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Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

  • Secretary of State says report he had listened to a recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s death was false
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials

LONDON: Turkey and the United States denied on Friday that Ankara had shared with Washington an audio recording related to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said an ABC News report, citing an unnamed source, that he had listened to a recording of Khashoggi’s death while in Istanbul on Wednesday was false. 

Pompeo, who also visited Saudi Arabia this week, said he had neither seen nor heard such a recording.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials.

“It is out of the question for Turkey to give Pompeo or any other US official any audio recording,” Cavusoglu said during a visit to Tirana, Albania. “It is out of the question for us to share with any country this or that information.”

“Of course, as a result of the investigation so far, Turkey does have some information and evidence," he said. "We will share them with the world when they become fully clear because the whole world, understandably, wants to know what happened to Khashoggi and how it happened.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. 

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are carrying out a joint investigation into the disappearance.

On Thursday, Turkey called on the public to ignore any information claiming to be leaked from the case.

Since Khashoggi’s disappearance there has been a flurry of stories claiming to be based on leaks from the probe.

Pompeo said on Thursday they had given Saudi Arabia more time to complete the investigation to make sure they have a complete understanding of the facts.