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Saudi builders falsely declaring workers disabled

Special labour cards to be created to counter subsidies abuse

Picture for illustrative purposes only.
Picture for illustrative purposes only.

Saudi Arabia’s Labour Ministry is working on creating special labour cards for people with disabilities in order to counter abuse of government subsidies.

The move by the ministry is to stop major construction companies from falsely claiming government benefits granted to companies for hiring people with disabilities.

The companies hire able-bodied workers and falsely declare that they are disabled, according to the Labour Ministry.

“Monitors from the ministry have recently identified the employment fraud in major companies operating in the construction sector,” Mervat Tashkandi, adviser to the Labour Minister, told Arab News.

Speaking at a workshop ‘The Employment of Persons with Disabilities in the Kingdom’, held during the Fourth International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation, Tashkandi said that the Ministry of Labour had addressed the problem of falsified employment.

The new cards will be issued through the ‘Tawafok’ programme, which involves a total of nine projects, including projects that focus on preparing facilitation services for the disabled, establishing regulations supporting employment for the disabled, issuing special identification cards from the Labour Department for employees with disabilities, and licensing companies employing persons with disabilities to create a supportive work environment. 

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