Workers demand pay hike Civil disobedience threatened

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 10:  Some labor unions and syndicates have threatened to call for civil disobedience in case the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor presses ahead with its plan to activate Article 104 of the Labor Act prohibiting unions from interfering in political, religious and sectarian issues, reports Al-Wasat daily quoting Ministry of Justice Workers Union Chairperson Ahmad Al-Mutairi.

In a recent press statement, Al-Mutairi warned operations in all public utilities will be disrupted if the government decides to dissolve any union or syndicate.  He asserted the government or any other entity has no right to meddle with the internal affairs of the unions.

Corroborating the statement Al-Mutairi, General Customs Department Workers Union Chairperson Ahmad Al-Enezi stressed the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has no right to dissolve the board of directors of the unions.

In an unrelated development, cleaning workers from a local company refused to report for work at a major corporation on Sunday.  The workers were demanding hike in salaries, says a reliable source.
The workers gathered at their residential building in Farwaniya to protest.  One of the protesters said they have to be in their workplaces from 5:00am until 3:00pm but they are only paid KD66 for 10 hours of duty.  Another protester pointed out the salary should be at least KD90 or KD100.

Senior officials from the cleaning company failed to convince the protesters to go back to work, prompting them to call the police who advised the workers to stay inside their apartments.  “Any kind of violence or chaos will be severely dealt with,” police warned.

The company officials left promising to look into the grievances of the workers.  Outcome of the standoff was not known until last news came in.

Asian robbed: Two persons are said to have impersonated police and robbed an Asian expatriate of his wallet containing KD 80 and personal identity cards in Amghara area.
The Asian was returning to his apartment in the area when the two men in a Japanese-made vehicle intercepted him and asked for his Civil ID.
The driver and his companion then searched the expatriate and assaulted him, stole the wallet and fled the scene.
The victim later went to the area police station and filed a case. He provided police with the description of the suspects and investigation is on going to arrest them.


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