Saudi Arabia restores perks to state employees to fend off unrest HomeNewsOffshore NewsSaudi Arabia restores perks to state employees to fend off unrest

Two-thirds of working Saudis are public servants and protests had been called for four cities

Saudi Arabia reinstated financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel on Saturday after better-than-expected budget figures, ending unpopular cuts to a key perk triggered by low oil prices and cheering the stock market.

King Salman issued a royal decree restoring “all allowances, financial benefits, and bonuses” following calls for protests in four Saudi cities over the weekend, adding a two-month salary bonus for forces fighting in the kingdom’s intervention in Yemen.

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