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Over 85,000 inspection rounds target women-only shops in bid to enforce 3rd phase of feminization and nationalization decision: MLSD

Publication date: 21 September 2022 - 25 Safar 1444
"العمل والتنمية الاجتماعية" تنفّذ 85 ألف جولة تفتيشية للتحقق من قرار "توطين وتأنيث محال بيع المستلزمات النسائية" في مرحلته الثالثة

Spokesman of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Khaled Abalkhail said on Tuesday labor inspectors conducted 85,139 inspection rounds on shopping centers and independent stores in various regions of the Kingdom to make sure employers comply with the decision aiming to feminize women-only shops in its third phase, which is in cooperation with several government entities. Abalkhail clarified the inspection campaigns uncovered 69,886 complaint establishments (equivalent to 82 percent of the total visited establishments) compared to 15,253 non-compliant ones (18 percent). Abalkhail pointed out the inspection campaigns detected 12,224 violations related to the feminization and nationalization decisions, including 3,391 nationalization violations which constitute 28 percent of the total number of violations and 7,163 feminization violations (58 percent). He added: ‘The remaining number of other labor violations stood at 1,670 representing 14 percent of the total number of violations.’ Abalkhail urged customers to report labor violations or submit inquiries through dialing the customer service No. (19911) or using ‘Ma3an lil Rasd’ app on smart phones. Meanwhile, the third phase of the decision kicked off on Oct. 21, 2017 to nationalize and feminize shops selling women-only necessities, namely perfumes, shoes, bags, women socks, ready-to-wear cloths, kiosks and women fabrics, in addition to department stores selling women cloths along with other staples. It also targets independent and small stores that sell soiree gowns, wedding dresses, Abaya (cloaks), accessories, Jalabiyas (traditional dresses), mother-care products and pharmacies with sections that sell accessories and cosmetics.

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