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Human Rights Commission Calls for Summer Work Ban in Saudi

Saudi Arabia : 31 July 2010

Saudi’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) called for businesses to put the summer work ban into effect immediately, despite the fact that the ruling won’t be brought in until 2011.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Labour Ghazi Al-Gosaibi proclaimed in June that they would partner with other nations across the Gulf and introduce a work ban over the summer, but the implementation wouldn’t take place until next year.

Starting in 2011 employers have to give their outdoor workers a mandatory break from noon to 3pm over July and August.

Ban Al-Iban, the president of the HRC, commented publicly, stating to media on Wednesday that this rule show go into practice immediately.

Al-Iban held firm to his statement claiming that employers are only being asked to protect and value their workers, realizing that there are dangers associated with working through that heat.  He also stated that employers should create a reasonable schedule that leaves out that hot point where the sun is peaking.

Saudi’s HRC has requested that Civil Defense warn employers and site supervisors about the dangerous conditions extremely hot temperatures can bring.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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