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Saudi Arabia: Industrial relations

Original and updating authors: Hesham Al Homoud, Al Tamimi & Company; and Alanoud Alsaeed
Updating author: Zahir Qayum, Al Tamimi & Company


  • The law, while not explicitly outlawing trade unions, does not specifically permit or recognise unions, and they do not exist in practice. (See Trade unions)
  • At workplaces where more than 100 employees are Kingdom of Saudi Arabia nationals, a "workers' committee" may be established, though this is not mandatory. (See Informing and consulting employees)
  • Employees have no right to strike and industrial action is not recognised or regulated by legislation. (See Industrial action)