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Dept condones with employers to prey on expatriate workers ‘Ministerial decisions violated with impunity’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 16: Labor Relations Department at Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor relents on its basic duties and responsibility to resolve pending disputes and problems between expatriate workers and their employers in private sector, and in so doing, the workers are made easy prey to exploit, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

A reliable source was quoted as saying the ministry for the first-time discovered that its labor relations (arbitration) departments had presented requests to stop entertaining labor complaints. He noted the ministry went on to approve the request, which covered complaints from expatriate workers whose employers’ files have been suspended.

Worst of all, the ministry directs the concerned workers back to the Inspection Department where suspension stickers are placed on their employers’ files, knowing well that employers only have the right to enter the office, the source noted. He also said the idea of putting suspension stickers on the files to some extent emanated from the employers due to disagreements with their workers.

The implication is that Labor Department now puts the cart before the horse by restraining the workers who become easy prey to wicked employers. Also, the ministry has been rejecting applications for the transfer of visa from expatriate workers of governmental and non-governmental projects until they have completed the three years legal period with their sponsors.

The source affirmed, “Refusal of the ministry to approve applications from workers in government project who fulfill the conditions clearly violates ministerial decisions 200/2013 and 213/2011.”

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