labor unions to be formed for the first time in big Saudi companies
will have the right to express their opinions on improving the
condition of workers, enhancing their productivity, and striking a
balance between the interests of management and labor.
Under rules and
principles laid down by a special committee for the Labor Consultative
Council, which have been endorsed by the Cabinet, union members will
also have the right to present their views regarding labor laws and
systems, and on improving health and safety standards and developing
training programs for workers.
with 100 or more Saudi employees can set up a labor union, the union
bylaw says. All labor unions and their members will be approved by the
labor and social affairs minister. The unions will have not less than
three and not more than nine members and membership will be for three
years, which can be renewed once.
Only Saudis who are
25 years or older and have worked for not less than two years in the
company can be members of its union.
The unions are also
expected to achieve stability in work relations. The rules and
principles were set out by a panel comprising representatives from the
ministries of interior and labor and social affairs, the Experts
Council and the Manpower Council.
meetings will be held at the firmís headquarters, the bylaw says.
The institution will provide the union the necessary facilities to
carry out its mission in the right manner. Under the bylaw, companies
cannot cut salaries of union members for participating in its
activities. Other interests of the union members should also not be
labor and social affairs minister will have the authority to depute
someone to observe the proceedings of a unionís meeting to ensure
that the basic principles are adhered to.