Labour Dispute Resolution Process and Its Impact on the Rights of Low-Skilled Temporary Foreign Workers in the Absence of a Labour Court in Saudi Legal System: A Critique

Abdullah Almutairi


This article deals with the issues linked to the process of resolving labour disputes and their impact on the rights of low-skilled Temporary Foreign Workers. In doing so, the article intends to provide an overview of the development of the legal system in Saudi Arabia in an effort to provide a critical review of the main authorities influencing the Saudi legal structure and highlight the current reforms of the judicial system. For the purpose of this study, this paper examines the judicial and quasi-judicial bodies to understand the issue linked to the process of resolving labour disputes and its impact on the rights of TFWs. Due to the absence of a labour court from the existing judicial structure, it is essential to consider the regulations for litigation before the commissions for the settlement of labour disputes issued by the Saudi Council of Ministers. This article highlights the key labour cases that are interrelated with employment contracts and residency (Iqama) regulations in order to review the jurisdiction of the commissions. Finally, the paper provides a suggestion to resolve the problems of labour dispute resolution process with special reference to TFWs cases.

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