SAUDI ARABIA: The First Strike

In the wake of such other manifestations of civilization as oil rigs, Cadillacs, air-conditioning units and Coca-Cola, labor strife came last week to Saudi Arabia. The country's first real labor disturbance caught the government completely unprepared, for 73-year-old King Ibn Saud had never got around to making any law for or against strikes, while the devisers of the Moslem Sharia (sacred law) had never anticipated a Taft-Hartley world.

Saudi Arabia's delayed awakening began in August when nine employees marched into Aramco (the Arabian American Oil Co., biggest enterprise in the land) demanding "justice" for all the company's 15,000 native workers....

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