Saudi labour crisis

Source. Dawn

THE news coming out of Saudi Arabia of thousands of foreign workers — Pakistanis included — not having been paid for months and reportedly running low on food is reason for concern.

As reported, over 8,500 Pakistanis employed with two Saudi firms have not received their salaries for a number of months, and are also facing issues securing end-of-service benefits.

Perhaps the most distressing accounts are those that describe workers having to beg or scrounge for food in the kingdom.

These issues are linked to the current state of the Saudi economy, which has been battered by the plunge in oil prices.

The kingdom — the Arab world’s biggest economy — relies on oil for most of its state revenue; resultantly, when prices crashed from their high of over $100 a barrel in the past few years, the Saudi economy was shell-shocked.


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