May 19, 2018 6:36am
I've been living in a 4 bedroom apartment in a compound for a few months. The cost of the apartment is 7000SR per month to the company, my allowance is 3000SR per month.Suddenly, the company told me that I had several choices:1. move out of the compound to find alternative arrangement - some of my colleagues already did that2. remain on my own, take the allowance and pay the difference3. take a room mate from the same company, who with the same allowance we can pay the difference i.e. 500 SAR.The same approach has been adopted concerning the transport to / from our place of work. The company hired a bus from a well known rental company. We have a transport allowance of 1350 SR per month. Assuming 13 of us travel on the bus, the allowance covers the rental cost; if the number falls below 13, we have to make up the difference.I'd be grateful if somebody can confirm two points, please:1. is an employee obliged to pay any differences for both transport and housing, given they are both covered in Saudi Labor Law? I'm almost certain that employees might have to.2. is the company's approach inside or outside Saudi Labor Law?Common sense dictates that the employer should find housing and transport within its own corporate budgeting, rather than allow its alleged financial mismanagement to fall on the employees.
I did not find the right solution from the internet.