Why is the Saudi employee afraid of the number 7


There are many numbers that people are pessimistic about. China, for example, considers the number 4 a bad omen because of its similarity to death, so you find them avoiding this number as much as they can. As for us, it seems that the number 7 has become a fear of the Saudi employee, especially when it includes 77, which is the article that allowed companies in the private sector to take advantage of the labor system to practice dismissal of Saudis unlawfully. Yes, this article, even if it clarifies the details of compensation to the worker, but at the same time it made it easier for the employer to dismiss the workers, even for an illegal reason.This article that was approved was in the new labor system, and by a strange coincidence, in 1437, the year that includes number 7. Starting from that year, the number of Twitter hashtags related to Article 77 of the Labor Law increased, such as cancellation_article_77, reconsideration_of_article_77, or # The Ministry of Labour’s system, or unfair dismissal.

And when the privatization decisions came, the Saudi employee in the government sector became apprehensive and worried about his fate, especially since the number 77 was constantly jumping in his mind and conjured up mentally, in which he remembers the suffering of the citizen in the private sector, and remembers the mass campaigns of dismissal and dismissal that witnessed major Saudi facilities that affected hundreds of Saudis.

In this regard, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development for Rules and Regulations spoke a few days ago on one of the satellite channels in response to a question: If the employee is productive and performs his tasks and work accurately and with high quality, does the employer have the right to dismiss him? He replied, “The system gives him the right after two years, and the employee has the right to file a grievance before the labor courts, and prove that he was doing the job well and that the termination of service is not justified and the court is considering it.” As for the salary, the Undersecretary explained that it will be fixed for two years after the employee transfers to the private sector.

The answer clearly and explicitly indicates that after two years, a government employee who transfers to the private sector can be affected by Article 77 and consequently it will pose a threat to the job security of the diligent employee who possesses high and distinctive skills, as well as the ordinary employee, which will be reflected in his productivity.

What I would like to say is that this legal article that can change and change does not go within the vision, and people are now waiting for the legal position of the Ministry of Human Resources on this vital issue that concerns a large segment of Saudi citizens, especially after the approval of privatization, but they did not hear any answer other than permits. floating. This article will be exploited and we will hear about mass dismissals and arbitrary dismissals, just as happened to employees of the private sector, and therefore the article must be amended and reconsidered before the implementation of privatization begins and not leave it vague so that we are not satisfied with only statements that do not sing or fatten from hunger, we need legal framing of what People consider it a necessity for their lives, and when employers see that human resources are lax in the legal response and are satisfied with statements, then some business owners will think that layoffs are acceptable and normal.

What I am afraid of is the delay in legalizing this article and its similar ones bearing the number 7, all of which are concerned with the process of laying off the employee, which are articles “74, 77, 78” because at that time it will be as if people are pushing people to unemployment, which is contrary to Vision 2030 and here I call on officials to expedite the amendment Legal, so that all people feel that our legal system is neither stale nor stagnant, and that it is capable of accommodating needs and challenges.


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