MoL receives feedback on issues affecting domestic workers

Updated 15 December 2014
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MoL receives feedback on issues affecting domestic workers

In a bid to protect the rights of employers and domestic workers in the Kingdom, the Labor Ministry moved to engage for the first time in a dialogue with domestic workers and their employers to address their grievances.
The two-day dialogue included the participation of Labor Minister Adel Fakeih and senior officials from 10 ministries and various government agencies which discussed a wide range of subjects in the domestic help sector. The aim of the dialogue was to explain the recruitment procedure for greater transparency and ways to improve the work environment for domestic workers, according to officials.
The dialogue also welcomed more than 150 Saudi citizens who shared their practical experience on the issue of domestic workers. The second day of the dialogue concluded Saturday with debates on several burning issues in the presence of senior officials.
Chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission and a senior diplomat of Sri Lanka, a major domestic worker-exporting country, also participated in the dialogue.
“We intend to involve all stake holders including Saudi citizens in policy decisions related to the labor market in general and domestic workers in particular,” said Fakeih.
Addressing the forum, the minister said that he was keen on providing the attendees with an opportunity to express their views prior to framing a policy.
The minister noted that the Labor Ministry’s role is not confined to issuing visas but extends to ensuring that the working environment for domestic workers adheres to specific standards with an effective mechanism to address any issue.
Bandar Al-Iban, chairman of the Human Rights Commission, commended the ministry for initiating the dialogue and for putting in place a mechanism to ensure the protection of the workers’ and employers’ rights. “The Kingdom hosts a large number of domestic workers from different parts of the world and it is imperative that there is a mechanism to protect the rights of all stakeholders,” he said, adding that the Kingdom has issued a charter which specifies the rights and responsibilities of domestics and their employers.
The chief of the Saudi Human Rights Commission also observed that exploitation of domestic workers was not acceptable, adding that human dignity and justice is a prerequisite of the Islamic law.
The meeting expressed concern over the increasing cost of domestic workers. Participants also debated the functioning of 338 recruitment offices and 19 mega companies, the selection criteria of workers and contract modules. The ministry’s Web portal www.musaned.gov.sa was cited as an exclusive portal for the recruitment of domestic workers.


Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. SPA
Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

  • The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers
  • China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has expressed his appreciation to scholars who took part in the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan in Makkah, saying the Kingdom was making efforts to “heal the divisions and differences among the Afghan people.”

Chairing the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday, the king said Saudi Arabia was working toward “unifying the ranks and words of Muslims worldwide.”
He briefed the Cabinet on the results of his recent talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa, of South Africa, on future cooperation between the two countries.
The Cabinet welcomed the final statement by the Makkah conference calling on states, organizations and Islamic elites to play positive roles in achieving security and peace in Afghanistan.
The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers, extinguishing the fire of sedition.”
Muslims worldwide should continue their “firm stand in front of the advocates of violence and extremism in defense of their religion and maintaining the unity of the Islamic world,” it said.
The Cabinet also reviewed a ministerial meeting of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum in Beijing and welcomed a decision by Chinese leader President Xi Jinping to establish an Arab-Chinese strategic partnership.
China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries and “add to the prosperity and economic advancement of all,” it said.
The Cabinet denounced recent suicide attacks on two election gatherings in Pakistan and the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and offered condolences to families of the victims.
In the local arena, the Cabinet extended its appreciation to the king, based on a report by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for pardoning all troops who have taken part in the Saudi Renewal of Hope operation in Yemen of their military and disciplinary penalties for their heroism and sacrifices.
The Cabinet approved a license for the Iraqi Commercial Bank to open a branch in Saudi Arabia and authorized the Minister of Finance to decide on any subsequent requests to open other branches.