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Labor inspectors detect 5,919 violations related to the feminization and nationalization decisions of women-only shops

Publication date: 21 September 2022 - 25 Safar 1444
"العمل والتنمية الاجتماعية": ضبط 5919 مخالفة لقراري التوطين وتأنيث محال المستلزمات النسائية في مرحلته الثالثة

Labor inspection teams of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development detected 5,919 violations related to the third phase of enforcing the decisions aiming to nationalize and feminize women-only shops, which is in cooperation with several government entities.

MLSD Spokesman Khaled Abalkhail said the number of nationalization violations stood at 1,376, compared to 3,723 of feminization violations and 820 of labor violations, adding the labor inspectors issued 5,325 warnings against uncompliant establishments during these rounds.

The labor inspectors implemented 29,333 rounds on commercial centers and independent stores across the Kingdom to make sure private-sector establishments comply with the third phase of enforcing the two decisions.

The spokesman for MLSD clarified that the inspection rounds uncovered 21,531 compliant establishments within one month from the implementation of the two decisions that target replacement of expatriate workers with Saudi females.

Abalkhail urged customers to report labor violations or submit inquiries through dialing the customer service no. (19911) or using the ‘Ma3an lil Rasd’ app on smart phones.

Meanwhile, the third phase of the decisions kicked off on Oct. 21 to nationalize and feminize shops selling women-only necessities, including perfumes, shoes, bags, women socks, ready-to-wear cloths, kiosks, women fabrics and department stores selling women cloths along with other staples.

It also targets small independent stores that sell soiree gowns, wedding dresses, Abaya (cloaks), accessories, Jalabiyas (traditional dresses) and mother-care products, as well as including pharmacies with sections that merchandise accessories and cosmetics.

In support of the move, the Human Resources Development Fund has offered an array of services for female workers through the children hospitality program ‘Qurrah’ and the transportation program ‘Wusool’ in order to increase numbers of Saudi women in the workforce and curb unemployment among them.

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