Saudi Arabia finds 250 midday work ban violators
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labour in the Makkah region found 250 labourers working across construction sites despite the midday work ban
The Ministry of Labour in Saudi Arabia's Makkah region found 250 labourers working across construction sites during restricted working hours, despite the midday work ban levied by the government.
Labourers are to abstain from working between noon and 3pm till the beginning of Dhul Hijjah (14 September) this year.
Abdullah Al Olayan, director of the department of labor in Makkah, said that an inspection team from his department detected these violations during its field trips to construction sites and open-area work projects.
The midday work ban comes into effect annually to provide a safe working environment for labourers during the peak summer months in the region.
The government decision also states that daily working hours must not exceed eight hours on the morning or night shifts, and that overtime should be paid to those working additional hours in a 24-hour period.
Punitive measures will be taken against the employers of the 250 labourers, local daily Arab News reported.
Offender firms will be downgraded by the ministry, and some face permanent closure.
Fines between $800 (SAR3,000) and $2,666 (SAR10,000) could also be levied on the companies, the report added.