Socialist Worker

Defend workers’ rights in Saudi Arabia

by Martin Chapman
Issue No. 1966

Saudi trade unionist Yahya Al Faifi, now in Swansea, is stepping up his campaign for union rights in Saudi Arabia following a dismissive letter from Pontypridd MP Kim Howells, the government minister responsible for Saudi Arabia. 

Yahya has been left waiting for over a year to hear the result of his application for asylum.

He and most of his family fled Saudi Arabia after facing persecution for organising opposition to cuts in wages and conditions for Arab workers at BAE systems. Trade unions are illegal in Saudi Arabia.

Yahya feels he has been “left hanging” by both the British government and the Saudi state. “I have been forced out of my job, and my country and now feel I have lost my human rights,” he says.

You can help by inviting Yahya to speak at trade union or other meetings and by passing resolutions of support.

To contact Yahya e-mail

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Sat 3 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1966
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