MoL to deploy female shop inspectors

Updated 23 December 2014

MoL to deploy female shop inspectors

The Ministry of Labor plans to deploy women inspectors to ensure shops selling female accessories comply with Saudization staffing regulations.
The ministry’s feminization program has been divided into three phases. The first phase covers stores selling lingerie and cosmetics, the second gowns and bridal dresses and the third fragrances, maternity wear, shoes, bags, ready-made clothing, fabrics and other accessories.
Sources said recently the inspectors would also provide shop owners with information and guidance that would enable them to comply with the regulations requiring them to hire women.
Employers would have to modify working conditions and address violations. They are also required to cooperate and respond to feedback from inspectors or any other government agency. The ministry said it would penalize shops that fail to do so.
On Monday, the Labor and Interior Ministries carried out joint inspections at 96 shops in central Riyadh, arresting 66 expatriates who violated regulations.
Abdullah Al-Olayan, general manager at the Labor Ministry in Riyadh, said the inspections have been taking place over an extended period. He said the ministry is working closely with the Interior Ministry to deploy inspection teams. Officials from the two ministries are also having regular meetings.
He said Labor Minister Adel Fakeih, his deputy Mufarrij Al-Haqbani, and Abdullah Abuthnain, deputy minister for inspections and development of the work environment, have been overseeing operations.
Inspection teams have been checking conditions across all sectors, including construction and building, operations and maintenance, wholesale and retail, accommodation and tourism, food and nutrition, health and education.
Al-Olayan called on employers and business owners to comply with the regulations and avoid committing violations, because it ultimately affects negatively on the economy.
Meanwhile, the textile committee at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, under chairman Suleiman bin Hamad Al-Yahya, recently discussed various challenges facing employers on the regulations.
The committee discussed the demands of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which require shop owners to sign written undertakings that they would change their shops to accommodate women workers.
Al-Yahya said textile shops still face various obstacles, including the problem of women being unable to carry large rolls of fabric that weigh up to 250 kg. “It is very difficult for women to move the fabric around,” he said. He said other skills, such as cutting the cloth professionally, is also needed. “Women are not the only customers for cloth and fabrics used for dresses, because these materials are also used for curtains, couches and sofas.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.