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1,207 telecom violations forwarded to sanction panel https://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_5801,207 telecom violations forwarded to sanction panel 2016-11-22T09:00:00Z<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">1,207 telecom violations forwarded to sanction panel  </strong></p><p> </p><p>The Ministry of Labor of Social Development announced that 1,207 out of 1,345 violations have forwarded to the sanction committee for breaking the Saudization rule that targets salespersons and maintenance professionals in the telecommunication sector.</p><p> </p><p>As part of making sure that everyone complies with the directive, the ministry along with the Ministries of Interior, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Commerce and Investment and Communication and IT has joined forces to conduct 11,608 field visits to mobile sales outlets and maintenance shops in various parts of the Kingdom. </p><p> </p><p>The collective inspectors reported that a total of 1,079 establishments have faced closure and a warning letter served to another 138 during the period from September 2 and November 16.</p><p> </p><p>The Eastern Province has earned the highest number of visits at 2,557 and additional closure of 88 phone shops, followed by Makkah with 2,312 visits and 286 closures.</p><p> </p><p>The inspectors also said that 270 shops selling mobile phones and accessories have been closed down in the Riyadh region after conducting 1,855 fields visits compared to 102 closures with 1,363 visits by the inspectors in the Qassim region.</p><p> </p><p>Dr. Mohammed Al-Faleh, assistant deputy minister for inspection and development of work environment at the MLSD, these figures are the aftermath of the second phase of the directive that nationalizes the telecom sector as they reflect the period from Sept. 2 till Nov. 16.  </p><p> </p><p>Al-Faleh has urged customers to report violations relating to the nationalization of the telecom sector through the Ma3an Lil Rasd app or contacting the uniform customer service No. 19911.</p><p> </p><p>All reports will be handled promptly as the ministry is resolute to regulate and develop the labor market, assured Al-Faleh.</p><p> </p><p>It is noteworthy that the ministerial decision aims to nationalize mobile sales, repair and accessories business, which helps generate job opportunities for Saudi nationals who are willing to embark on telecom career. </p><p> </p><p>According to the ministry, such professions provide financial benefits and job stability for entrants as the directive seeks to curb cover-up businesses and maintain the telecom sector due to its social, economic and security importance. </p><p> </p><p>The directive gives no exception to any establishment whether is small, medium, large and mega sized.​</p>
Ministry enforces a private company to pay overdue wages in Najranhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_581Ministry enforces a private company to pay overdue wages in Najran2016-11-22T09:00:00Z<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Ministry enforces a private company to pay overdue wages in Najran</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has settled down the issue of expat workers whose wages were delayed for more than three months by some big contracting in the Najran region. </p><p> </p><p>Before labor inspectors launched investigation, the complaint over unreceived wages was received through its branch office in the town of Habona, located in 100 kilometers north of Najran city.</p><p> </p><p>Salem Al-Saloom, director of the ministry's branch office in Habona, said the issue has been resolved, and the workers claimed their rights shortly after they represented their case to the office.</p><p> </p><p>The employer was enforced to pay full entitlements to the expat workers as well as renew residency permits for those who wish to continue working at the same company, added Al-Saloom.</p><p> </p><p>In this respect, the ministry has called upon establishments to pay wages without delay to their worker as it is keen to regulate the labor market and empower the workforce to contribute to the economic growth in the light of providing a proper working environment.  </p><p> </p><p>Al-Saloom urged customers to report violations relating to the labor market through the Ma3an Lil Rasd app or contacting the uniform customer service No. 19911.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:left;">All reports will be handled promptly as the ministry is resolute to regulate and develop the labor market, assured Al-Saloom.​<span class="ms-rteForeColor-6"></span></p>
We'll work on unifying our stance as economic bloc in international gatherings: GCC ministers of labor and social affairs sayhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_578-(2)We'll work on unifying our stance as economic bloc in international gatherings: GCC ministers of labor and social affairs say2016-11-22T08:00:00Z<p>​</p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">We'll work on unifying our stance as economic bloc in international gatherings: GCC ministers of labor and social affairs say</strong></p><p> </p><p>The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministers of labor and social development extended their profuse thanks to Saudi Arabia for hosting the 33<sup>rd</sup> session of the Councils of GCC Labor and Social Affairs Ministers, which was held from November 13 to 16 in the Saudi capital.  </p><p> </p><p>Shaikh Abdullah Al Bakri, Omani minister of manpower, said that the huge efforts exerted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to hold such the session are highly appreciated and noted.</p><p> </p><p>Al Bakri commended the proposals of the expert team which received full support from their Excellencies as they would be implemented over the next three years, emphasizing that these initiatives would contribute to supporting positive transformation in the labor markets that serve the economies of the Gulf countries.  </p><p> </p><p>The Omani minister added that exchange of successful experiences among the member states is saving time, efforts and money as the strong alignment of labor markets in the GCC countries would contribute to achieving cooperation at the GCC level.</p><p> </p><p>He said:"We share one goal; therefore, our work and our mechanisms are the same".</p><p> </p><p>Hind Al-Sabih, Kuwaiti minister of social affairs and labor, said that the 33<sup>rd</sup> session of the councils' meetings have put forward 8 initiatives that are expected to implement over the next three years.</p><p> </p><p>Al-Sabih emphasized the nationalization of manpower as a team of experts is formed to propose solutions and procedures in order to adopt the regulations that are suitable for every Gulf country. </p><p> </p><p>The current session addressed the domestic labor and how to unify the GCC-related laws, which helped the creation of team assigned to study and explore this matter, added Al-Sabih.</p><p> </p><p>At the meeting, she said the region supports such small sized enterprises to support the GCC economy as long as they will not increase the number of expatriates, confirming that the GCC member states should work together at the Arab and international gatherings. </p><p> </p><p>Saqr Ghobash, UAE's minister of human resources and Emiratization, said that the current session is unique compared to the previous sessions due to the formation of the expert committee.</p><p> </p><p>Ghobash highlighted that the GCC ministers of labor and social affairs ministers along with the newly appointed experts have set the agenda in terms of international relations which is of high importance for the member states.</p><p> </p><p>The Emirati minister mentioned there will be a number of projects under review  over the next three years and would cause a paradigm shift and enhance the reputation of the GCC member states in the field of human rights, in particular workers' rights.</p><p> </p><p>Ghobash concluded his statement that the GCC countries have gone a long way in this respect that should be neglected to mention at international labor rendezvouses through combining efforts with the aim of utilizing experiences among them and unifying their stance.</p>
Gulf countries' ministers address common GCC labor markethttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_579-(2)Gulf countries' ministers address common GCC labor market2016-11-22T08:00:00Z<p>​</p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Gulf countries' ministers address common GCC labor market</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6"><br></strong></p><p>The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministers of labor and social affairs met on Wednesday in the Saudi capital to discuss the action plan to overcome challenges faced by their respective ministries, the annual report on the execution of labor programs that increase job opportunities in the GCC countries and the labor-oriented objectives set by 'Saudi Vision 2030'.</p><p>H.E. Labor and Social Development Minister Dr. Mufrej Al-Haqbani, who is also the chairman of the councils' meetings of the GCC Labor and Social Affairs Ministers for its 33rd session, emphasized that the ad-hoc committees is keen to work as one team and bring privileges that the Gulf countries' citizens enjoy to those of other member states.</p><p>The Saudi labor minister said it will enhance the concept of unified Gulf citizenship and facilitate the mobility of their workers between member states.  </p><p>At the GCC Labor Ministers Committee's Meeting, Al-Haqbani unveiled that they approved the formation of a joint GCC team to study and increase the nationalization of jobs in the member states, the review of available job opportunities in the common GCC markets.</p><p>The ministers of labor and social affairs agreed to continue efforts to achieve united GCC citizenship and common GCC markets, as well as defined setbacks and challenges that may hinder such moves.</p><p>Meanwhile, the current session of councils' meetings for both the labor and social affairs ministers of the GCC was concluded on Wednesday as it was in sync with the 3<sup>rd</sup> session of the GCC labor ministers committee's meeting.</p><p>Additionally, the GCC ministers came to an agreement to carry out Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman's vision of promoting joint GCC action through implementing a common GCC market and treating Gulf countries' citizens with total equality.</p><p>They reviewed the decisions made by the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the field of labor issues, the implementation of legislative and procedural tools agreed upon by the GCC member states and the council's directive to transform regulations and guidelines into national unified systems that serve as part of their joint cooperation.</p><p>At the end of deliberations and discussions, all the ministers of labor and social affairs came into consensus with the laid-out agenda and clauses mentioned during high-ranking officials' meetings.  </p><p>The 33<sup>rd</sup> session of the Council of Labor Ministers and the Council of Social Affairs Ministers of the GCC for the Arab States are being hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was held in Riyadh from November 13 to 16. Also, the 3<sup>rd</sup> session of the GCC Labor and Social Affairs Ministers Committees' Meetings started on last Sunday in Riyadh in the line with joint action efforts made by the member states.​​</p>
Soon to be an engineer counted as one full worker in Nitaqat: ministry proposes via Ma3an portalhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_577-(2)Soon to be an engineer counted as one full worker in Nitaqat: ministry proposes via Ma3an portal2016-11-14T11:00:00Z<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Soon to be an engineer counted as one full worker in Nitaqat: ministry proposes via Ma3an portal</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6"><br></strong></p><p>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has urged labor parties and stakeholders to comment on the draft decision that aims to count an engineering student as one full worker in the Nitaqat program, which has been available on the Ma3an Lil Qarar portal (Decision).</p><p>Such a move allows both workers and employers to take part in the improvement of decision as the ministry seeks to regulate the labor market, generate job opportunities and increase nationalization rates</p><p>According to the proposal, it targets the Saudi engineering students who work as part-time trainees at related entities in order to calculate them as part of the nationalization rate during their internship.</p><p>The engineering office or company should have a valid license issued by the Saudi Council of Engineers as well as get the council's approval to run the training program in question.</p><p>Additionally, the trained should be enrolled in one of the undergraduate degree programs in the field of engineering that must be related to the activity of the company or office before joining.</p><p>Furthermore, the engineering entity should sign a contract with the student with a monthly salary of not less than SR1,500 during the apprenticeship period, and the entity is required to provide a suitable job for the student after s/he graduates. </p><p>The draft decision also mentioned that the trainee shall work in the office or company for a specified period as agreed in the contract that should not be less than one year or exceed the duration of the received training, in addition to a fixed amount of salary. </p><p>Meanwhile, interested people can provide their feedback on the proposal until Nov. 20 via (<a href="http://qarar.ma3an.gov.sa/a/ideas/recent/campaigns/18538">http://qarar.ma3an.gov.sa/a/ideas/recent/campaigns/18538</a>) before it comes into force, officially.  </p><p> </p>

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