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KUWAIT: The Kuwait Society for Human Rights (KSHR) called on the state to cancel the sponsorship (or kafeel) system and transfer the sponsorship to the government. In a report released yesterday on the condition of labor forces in Kuwait, KSHR also called for updating labor legislation and criminalize its violators, and ensuring decent work for laborers, especially domestic labor.

Furthermore, KSHR demanded an end to administrative deportation, avoid tasking expats’ remittances and stop discrimination against foreigners living in Kuwait. The Unit of Monitoring and Following-up Worker Rights’ Issues in Kuwait has issued a report on the status of migrant workers in Kuwait during the first third of 2018, in which they discussed the legal changes that targeted the workers and the impact of these changes at the local and international level.

The report talked about the activation of administrative innovations that protect the status of workers in their workplaces, control the labor market, and oblige employers to implement the provisions of the Labor Law, besides addressing the violations against workers, postpone of the application of the decision that prevents the employment of workers under 30 years with university qualifications, and workers’ benefit directly from the honor of His Highness the Prince, which included detainees in prisons, especially those detained on financial issues.

The report monitored a number of positive decisions issued during the reporting period. The decisions focused on exempting the violators of the residency law who want to get rid of fines and security procedures and exempting those who want to stay in the country from investigation by only paying their fines to settle their situation. That is in addition to creating a new automated system in the Department of Labor Relations, to specially receive the workers’ complaints electronically and inform the worker and the employer of the complaints against them with the purpose of preventing malicious reports.

It also revolves around the mechanism of labor inspection, labor care, occupational safety, conditions for the transfer of migrant workers in the government sector to work in the civil sector, adoption by the Civil Service Council of controls for the use of migratory workers’ expertise for the first time in jobs of doctors, pharmacists, support medical services and nursing. That is in addition to a first-time ruling by the Kuwaiti judiciary in the case of human trafficking against a citizen. It was also monitored that the Domestic Labor Department has cancelled the licenses of 8 offices of domestic labor and stopped the activity of 6 other offices.

On the other hand, a number of decisions that encircle the migrant labor in the country have been monitored, including the imposition of fees on remittances and the discussion of the implementation of Cabinet Decision No 1028 of 2014 on the adjustment of national employment rates on private sector employers besides the application of the decision of Kuwaitizing the governmental jobs instead of migrant workers and the accompanying layoffs, calls for Kuwaitizing other sectors and racist speeches against workers in the government sector.

The report devoted a special section to discuss the opportunities that local laws provide which necessarily lead to excesses and restrictions on migrant workers, and often lead to the exclusion or trafficking of workers. It also provided various observations on the sponsorship system and Law No 6 of 2010 in addition to Domestic Labor Law No 68 of 2015 in Kuwait. Since the beginning of this year, Kuwait Society for Human Rights has established a special unit to monitor and follow up the issues of migrant workers’ rights in Kuwait, which aims to highlight employment issues and issue periodic analytical reports.

The establishment of the unit is a part of the project “Support for the legal protection of migrant workers in Kuwait” which is implemented by the Society in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. And that is considered a second phase of the project “Together” to educate migrant workers on their rights in Kuwait”, which was implemented by the Society in cooperation with the Netherlands embassy in Kuwait.

Source: Kuwait Times

KUWAIT CITY, May 15: Private Sector Labor Law No. 6/2010 has not been amended and it has no item banning the employer from terminating the services of Kuwaiti employees, reports Al-Anba daily quoting high level ministerial sources.

On the other hand, General Law Professor and constitutional expert Dr Mohammad Al-Filly explained that the law can be amended to add a text banning employers from terminating the services of Kuwaiti staff.

Meanwhile, the Domestic Labor Department has stopped receiving citizens’ complaints against recruiters and employment agencies because of the Cabinet’s decision to transfer the department from the Interior Ministry to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor represented by the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), reports Al- Anba daily quoting sources from the Citizenship and Passports Affairs Department in the Ministry of Interior.

Sources has quoted Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh as saying that it will take one year to implement the law on the transfer of the Domestic Labor Department. Sources added the concerted efforts of all concerned authorities are necessary in taking action in this regard.

KUWAIT CITY, May 15, (KUNA): Kuwait’s crescent sighting authority announced on Tuesday that the crescent moon of the Holy Month of Ramadan did not appear this night.

The authority added that the last day of Shaban will end tomorrow (Wednesday), and as a result the Holy Month of Ramadan, 1439 lunar Hijri calendar, will begin on Thursday.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah congratulated the people of Kuwait on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan, said the Amiri Diwan Tuesday.

The Amiri Diwan added that His Highness the Amir, along with His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Al-Sabah family, will hold a reception for Ramadan well-wishers from the army, the police, Kuwait National Guard (KNG), Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) and diplomats on the first two days of the Holy Month at Bayan Palace.

The Amiri Diwan extended wishes of prosperity for the leadership and people of Kuwait, wishing for many happy returns of this joyous occasion

 

KUWAIT CITY, May 12:  Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) organized extensive meetings with the representatives of Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) and employers’ unions to discuss the proposed decision to bar issuance, renewal and transfer of work permit for individuals reaching 65 years old, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

Concurrently to the meeting, sources from “PAM” expected the proposal to be endorsed with some exceptions in various professions.

The sources also indicated the decision to bar recruitment of university certificate holders who are below 30 years have been postponed.

In a statement, Director of KCCI Hamad Al-Omar explained that the meeting presented the motives behind the proposal and its objectives, which aim to organize the labor market to provide opportunity for youth employment — whether citizens or expatriates, while eliminating some negative phenomena such as tacit trade connivance.

Al-Omar indicated the representatives of employers’ unions asserted the decision might be positive in some aspects.

They reaffirmed their objection to the idea of restricting employers from hiring whosoever fulfills their requirements, and disregarding their right to select or keep experts that participated in the creation and rehabilitation process.

The meeting ended with KCCI requesting the employers’ unions to send their insights and suggestions concerning the issue to KCCI, which in turn will communicate with the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) to reach a harmonized solution that caters for the needs of private sector in the interest of the national economy.

By Michelle Fe Santiago Arab Times Staff and Agencies

 

KUWAIT CITY, May 8: MP Khalil Abul citing economic crisis has submitted a query to the Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim to know why the policy of replacing expatriates with Kuwaitis and rationalizing spending at the Audit Bureau has not been achieved.

He also wants to know why some employees in senior positions continue to work even though they have crossed the retirement age.

In another query he talks about the motives the increase in salaries of non-Kuwaiti employees at the Audit Bureau under the replacement policy despite reduction in government budgets. He said this amounts to not adhering to the policy of rationalizing expenditure.

He asked the Speaker to provide him a statement showing the number of times ‘excellence awards’ have been granted to non-Kuwaiti employees compared to the Kuwaitis by the Audit Bureau, and details of performance which made them eligible for bonus.

Furthermore, MP Khalil Al-Saleh has forwarded queries to Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Hamoud concerning closure of overseas health check centers for expatriates. He stated a decision was issued recently to close these centers which were operated by Kuwaiti companies but the same centers are now being operated by other Gulf companies.

He claimed the companies operated by other Gulf countries are prone to 10 percent error margin because of which diseases can seep into Kuwait, compared to hundred percent performance of the Kuwaiti companies. He added, the Kuwaitis want to ensure security and safety of the country.

He asked the minister the reason why the centers were closed and whether that decision was based on a technical study.

He said according to local newspapers, the justification given for cancelling the contract of these health centers was because of an agreement with GCC countries. He wanted to know if there is any stipulation obliging closure of these centers and how many GCC countries honor the provisions of the agreement.

He also asked if the GCC agreement has demarcated certain centers or talked about dealing with accredited GCC centers. He also wanted to know the capabilities of the GCC companies which will operate these centers and what makes them unique in the area of this work. He also asked if there are guarantees that expats suffering from infectious diseases will be prevented from entering Kuwait.

 

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, May 6: Director General of Kuwait Municipality Eng Ahmad Al-Manfouhi has disclosed strict implementation of procedures to monitor the performance of cleaning companies to ensure improvement in their performance in the coming phase, reports Al-Rai daily.

He said this will be done by tightening controls on the provisions of the contracts signed with these companies, applying the principle of reward and punishment on employees and officials in the municipality and putting the right person in the right position.

Eng Al-Manfouhi said this in response to the report published in Al-Rai daily about the delays in signing the tender contract for cleaning buildings and correspondence services in Kuwait Municipality, and the continuation of the suspension of tender works between signing and extension.

 

KUWAIT CITY, May 6: Personnel from Public Security Sector, in a recent campaign conducted in all six governorates of the country, arrested scores of people for criminal and civil offenses such as illicit drug peddling, residency and traffic violations, and evasion of sentence. Campaign in the Capital governorate led by Colonel Nasser Al-Adwani resulted in the arrest of a person involved in a crime and two people wanted for civil offenses, as well as six residency violators, 20 motorists without identification documents, and 9 individuals against whom the Public Prosecution had issued arrest warrant.

They also issued 86 citations against motorists for various violations, and towed one vehicle to the ministry garages. Meanwhile, in Hawalli, Major General-Abdeen Al-Abdeen led officers in his directorate to nail 8 people in possession of illicit drugs and paraphernalia, in addition to 6 people wanted for civil offenses, 20 people without identification documents, and 5 residency law violators from different nationalities.

They also issued 70 traffic violations. In Farwaniya, Major General Saleh Matar accompanied by other securitymen apprehended 7 individuals wanted for civil offenses and a Kuwaiti involved in a criminal case, with another citizen caught in possession of illicit drug, and a residency law violator.

They also issued 86 traffic citations offenses and impounded 11 vehicles. Also, officers from Jahra governorate supervised by Major General Ali Madi issued 90 traffic citations and towed 8 vehicles to the ministry garages. They also arrested some 20 people without identification documents, 3 people in possession of illicit substance, and 4 others involved in financial violations.

Some 15 individuals wanted for criminal and civil offenses were taken into custody by Mubarak Al- Kabeer security personnel led by Major General Fouad Al-Athari. The officers went ahead to seize two cars and issued 12 traffic violations against motorists.

And, Brigadier Abdullah Safah with his men issued 70 traffic citations and arrested 8 residency law violators plus 14 individuals without identification papers, in addition to 6 people wanted for civil offenses, 3 people caught in with illicit drugs, and two Asian liquor peddlers in possession of 200 bottles of local brew. All suspects were referred to concerned authorities for necessary action.

By Mishal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

Source: Arab Times

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