Ministry eases sponsorship transfer rules

Updated 11 September 2014

Ministry eases sponsorship transfer rules

The Ministry of Labor (MOL) recently posted an advisory on its official social network account stating that a newly recruited foreign worker can look for another sponsor without permission if his company fails to issue a work permit as a result of being in the Red or Yellow zone category.
If a company falls within the Red or Yellow zones it is not allowed to recruit foreign workers or renew the permits of it current expatriate staff.
Other situations that entitle foreign workers to seek a change in sponsorship include the failure of their companies to issue work and residence permits within three months of their arrival, or the expiry of the work permits and iqamas of its other staff.
Many workers, including Filipinos, have welcomed the new advisory. Hundreds of Filipinos stopped working over the past two months in protest against their companies’ failure to renew their permits or provide them with renewed documentation.
In Riyadh, newly recruited Filipino engineers workers sought the help of Arab News to resolve a labor dispute with their construction company because they had not been issued iqamas for several months.
“We commend the Saudi Labor Ministry for issuing the advisory because it clarifies the issue with regard to the transfer of workers to other sponsors,” said John Monterona, regional coordinator of the Filipino migrant rights group Migrante-Middle East.
“The advisory provides guidance to expatriate workers who are seeking to transfer from their sponsor or employer,” he said. “The Ministry of Labor also encourages workers to report any violations against them if they are asked to work under the direct sun in open areas from 12 noon to 3 p.m. during the period from June 15 to Sep. 15.”
The labor ministry advisory says that working under direct sunlight during these times may expose workers to occupational hazards and increase the chances of suffering sunstroke and other heat-related injuries.
“We also convey our appreciation to the Arab News reporter for the translation he had made, which we were able to distribute to various social networking sites so that it could reach not only overseas foreign workers but also large numbers of expatriate workers in the Kingdom,” Monterona said.


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.