Obligations for the migrant workers
Once a migrant worker signed the contract, he was tied to this abusive system. They didn’t have any right to get away from their work nor could they even change their jobs. They were even been forced to work for extra hours and often had to survive without wages. In this fear, many migrant workers fled from their work areas to other countries.
The ‘New-change’ after the restriction law
Since the ‘50s, the employment conditions are known to be egregiously offensive. But under the New-reformation, a foreign worker will be given the supreme power to change his job, and move to another country as per his choice without being undocumented. The reformation will come into effect by March 2021. To make the labor market more enticing, this change is framed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Even this change states that if a worker is found being reported by an employer for bolting then they can be held accountable for expulsion and also be charged.
Ages after ages, this system prevailed in Saudi Arabia and in most parts of the West Asia region. Till today, it was mandatory for the workers to take the consent of the employer but in the new plan, they can apply to any jobs as they want.
The major reason behind this new-change
Saudi Arabia stands in the 2nd position in the world regarding its oil reserves. To increase the economy of the country which is mainly dependent on its oil reserves, the ministry took this major step. The country’s economy lies on the shoulders of a million of workers. Mainly to secure the economy, the reformation is announced by the ministry.
The PolicyTimes Suggestions
- A worker must always be allowed to work freely without getting abused. Instead of pressurizing them with their works, the Ministry must bring into force the new reforms as fast as they can which will help the workers to adjust them to their new working environment and also prevent them from getting undocumented.
- The Kafala system also must be put into consideration to abolish it, because as long as this system prevails, maybe the workers cannot get consent from the Kafeels to change their jobs and as to nowhere due to the crime of absconding, they can be imprisoned.
- Legal protection and the major rights of the workers must be reformed. The contractual relationship between the workers and the employers if improved can also increase the economy as it fully lies in the hands of the million workers who are surviving in this abusive environment.