EGYPT BLACKLISTS SAUDI EMPLOYERS

Egypt has, reportedly, drawn up a blacklist of 26 firms in Saudi Arabia for allegedly abusing their workers. The report came a day after Cairo barred doctors from taking up jobs in Saudi Arabia after an Egyptian medic was sentenced to 1,500 lashes and 15 years in jail.

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Egypt has, reportedly, drawn up a blacklist of 26 firms in Saudi Arabia for allegedly abusing their workers. The report came a day after Cairo barred doctors from taking up jobs in Saudi Arabia after an Egyptian medic was sentenced to 1,500 lashes and 15 years in jail. “The manpower and immigration ministry has a blacklist of 26 businesses and private companies in Saudi Arabia… with which doing business is absolutely forbidden,” the independent Al-Masri al-Yom newspaper reported. It said the listed companies are accused of ‘Deliberately mistreating Egyptians’ and added that more firms may be added later. Labour and Immigration Minister Aisha Abdul Hadi was quoted in the state-run daily Al-Gomhuria as saying the decision was taken after repeated complaints were recorded against the firms listed, alleging rights abuses. Hospitals, hair salons and property companies are among those featuring on the blacklist. The decision does not mean that those Egyptians already employed by the companies concerned will lose their jobs.