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Saudi Minister flips burgers to sell McJobs to locals

Saudi Minister flips burgers to sell McJobs to locals

It comes to something when the Labor Minister has don overalls and serve burgers to convince Saudis that working in a fast food joint is better than being unemployed.

June 25, 2008 7:46 by



saudization, work, labor minister, fast food, menial, business, mcdonaldsIt comes to something when the Labor Minister has don overalls and serve burgers to convince Saudis that working in a fast food joint is better than being unemployed.

Saudi Arabia’s Labor Minister, Ghazi Algosaibi, was pictured yesterday, wearing overalls and serving burgers in fast food restaurant in Jeddah. His three hour stint was aimed at encouraging Saudis to take jobs they think are beneath them.

Saudi media carried pictures of Algosaibi, champion of the policy of “Saudisation” of the workforce, surprising customers in a popular restaurant in the city of Jeddah by serving up hamburgers in overalls and a cap.

“The beginning will always be tiring and difficult, but young people can realize their ambitions if they are persistent and work hard,” Algosaibi said, before kissing a Saudi worker on the head in appreciation. Algosaibi, a poet and former ambassador to London, has fought an uphill battle against business and religious interests to attract more Saudis, including women, into employment, says Kuwait Times.

Around a third of Saudi Arabia’s population of some 25 million are foreigners. The government is trying to diversify the economy away from reliance on oil receipts. Many Saudis including graduates hope for work in the government bureaucracy and shun many menial jobs done by the large expatriate labor force.

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