HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah returned home from Riyadh after leading Kuwait’s delegation to the Third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit.
‘Establish authority for expat workforce’ KTUF official calls on ministry to focus on illegal sponsorship files

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 22: Chairman of Expatriate Personnel Office at Kuwait Trade Union Federation (KTUF) Abdulrahman Al-Ghanim has demanded Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Zikra Al-Rasheedi focus on serious files in the ministry particularly the illegal sponsorship system, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In a press statement, he insisted that the minister must open the file of visa trading and refer it to the Public Prosecution, stressing the step of applying law impartially is the right way of handling violations that are occurring in various sectors of the country.

He pointed out that the sponsorship system is not a law and the system needs certain modifications to ensure the concerned governmental authority is the sponsor of expatriate personnel and not the citizens as some among the latter have made selling of visas as a trade for earning money.

Indicating that cancelation of the sponsorship system is the appropriate solution to this problem, he affirmed that this issue does not require new clauses under law 6/2010 which has allotted legislative bases for this purpose.

He explained that the ninth article of this law necessitates the establishment of a Public Authority for Workforce which will be responsible for bringing expatriate personnel to the country based on the requirements of the local labor market, adding that the article specified a grace period of one year for establishing such an authority.

He lamented that three years have passed since the labor law of the private sector was approved but no new development has taken place in this domain during that period.

He affirmed that KTUF is following up on this situation and it has been receiving several reports on individual and group violations committed against the rights of the expatriate personnel on a daily basis.


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