Power workers on strike
Minister announces salary hike for oil sector workers Power workers on strike for bonuses

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 11, (KUNA): The Cabinet held Sunday its weekly meeting under chairmanship of Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah at Seif Palace, taking a decision to grant 427 individuals the Kuwaiti citizenship in accordance with the article 15th of 1959 law.
After the meeting, the Cabinet official spokesman and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ali Fahad Al-Rashed said that the decision was taken in accordance with recommendations from the Higher Committee for Kuwaiti Citizenship which called for granting the citizenship to children and grand children of individuals recently acquiring the citizenship.
On a different matter, Al-Rashed noted that the Cabinet had refined the decision to allocate an extra salary for retirees from the military with the ranks of Major General, Brigadier, Colonel, Lieut Colonel, and Major.
Now the decision would include those retiring between February 26, 1991 and Dec 31, 2012 in accordance with Cabinet decision 495 of 2008.
Al-Rashed, affirmed that the country’s leadership was keen on the welfare of security personnel due to the importance of their duty.
The official also indicated that Minister of Oil Dr Mohammad Al-Busairi had briefed the Cabinet about the proposed salary increase for oil sector employees with the Cabinet approving the decision.
Within the government strife to provide better healthcare for expatriates, the Cabinet was briefed by Minister of Finance Mustafa Al-Shimali on Kuwait Investment Authority’s (KIA) involvement in the establishment of a health insurance under the supervision of the Health Ministry, said Al-Rashed, noting that the Cabinet had agreed on the establishment of hospitals health insurance company for the districts of Farwaniya, Jahra, and Al-Ahmadi where the government would have 24 percent of the company’s shares while 26 percent of stakes would be listed in Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) for bidding in accordance with article nine, of 2009-10 Kuwait’s development plan for 2010-11 and 2013-14.
Upon a briefing by Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Ahmad Al-Mulaifi, the Cabinet decided to launch the private universities council for a period of three years under the supervision of Dr Khald Al-Sa’ad, Dr Abdulrazaq Al-Nafisi, Dr Faiyza Al-Kharafi, Dr As’ad Ismail, Dr Anwar Al-Fzai, Dr Riyadh Al-Khaz’al, Dr Abdullah Hassan, and Abdulrahman Al-Ghunaim.
Al-Rashed also said that the Cabinet had reviewed a letter sent to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon which thanked the Kuwaiti leadership for supporting Libya during its darkest hours.
The Cabinet also checked on an invitation for His Highness the Amir to participate in an international event on nuclear safety and security.
The Cabinet also discussed matters of regional and international importance.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet on Sunday approved bills re-appointing Sheikh Salem Abdul Aziz Al-Sabah as the Governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait and Dr Bader Al-Zamanan as the Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice Dr Al-Zamanan had served as the Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Legislation Documentation at the Ministry of Justice.
Ali Al-Rashed, the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and the Government official spokesman, told KUNA following the weekly Cabinet meeting that the government approved extending the mandate of Lieutenant General Saleh Al-Humaidhi for service in the military for one year.
Lieut Gen Al-Humaidhi currently serves as the head of the bureau of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister.
Moreover, the Cabinet approved the nomination of Dr Bader Malallah for the post of the General Director of the Arab Planning Institute.
The ministers also approved bills whereby appointing three deputies for the Director-General of the Kuwait Authority for Handicapped, with a degree of assistant undersecretary — they are Issam Haidar, Musaed Al-Sallal and Rashed Al-Sahel.

Power workers on strike
A number of workers from the Operations and Maintenance Sectors in the power plants and water emergency units went on strike Sunday in protest against the mechanism in the payment of their bonuses for the summer of 2009/2010. 

The protesters demanded for re-consideration of the decision to protect the rights of those who have been subjected to deductions from their bonuses for taking one or more leave days during the said period. 
They also announced their plan to meet the ministry officials on Tuesday to discuss their demands. 
Meanwhile, sources confirmed the ministry will follow the instructions of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to pay the first batch of bonuses to those who have not taken any leave within the aforementioned period.

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