I recently read with interest an article by Saudi socio-political commentator Tariq A. Al Maeena titled ‘Saudi Arabia needs its expat workforce’. As the title suggests, the truth is clear and simple; not only Saudi Arabia but the GCC as well do need their expat workforce. The article also responds to another article published in a Saudi daily where the author warned that the army of expat workers
The article also responds to another article published in a Saudi daily where the author warned that the army of expat workers is a “timebomb” citing a recent incident involving disgruntled workers who were unpaid for months. Truth be told, it is quite ironic that at times there seems to be more concern over the workers who are often the victims of broken promises and unfulfilled rights, rather than focusing on the employers, managers or even the unscrupulous recruitment agents. These are the real culprits.
Another angle I believe needs to be addressed is the question of how can our governments ensure that the expatriate workforce -especially labor and blue collar – are enabled to live and work sustainably in the GCC countries. Yes, this means looking at everything from employees’ wages and incentives, insurance, addressing the high school fees in some of the GCC countries, rents, etc.
If we really aim to create a happy and competitive economy, we will need to address these and more.
What do you think can be done to make the GCC a sustainable place to work and live for expatriates?
To read the article by Tariq A. Al Maeena, click on the following link: Click here