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Firm violating workers rights warned ‘Litigation to jeopardize interests’

KUWAIT CITY, April 17: Kuwait Human Rights Society (KHRS) is satisfied with the steps taken by Public Authority for Manpower Affairs to deal with some 1500 workers at a government project affiliated to the Ministry of Health when they embarked on strike to demand their rights, reports Al-Rai daily.

KHRS praised the manpower authority for endeavoring to listen to the grievances submitted by the workers and obliging the company in question to pay their dues, noting the board chairperson of KHRS Khalid Al-Ajmi implored the concerned governmental authorities to strictly deal with companies that violate and disrespect workers and compel the companies to approve their rights.

Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Cooperative Societies Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Dr Matar Al- Mutairi has warned against resorting to litigation for the interpretation of Article Three of the Cooperative Societies Law as it may jeopardize the interests of stakeholders, instead of benefiting from such a step, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

Al-Mutairi urged officials of cooperative societies to be satisfied with the lawsuit filed by Al-Qadsiya Cooperative Society in this regard. He explained the lawsuit could lead to the required interpretation, if it is really to affirm constitutionality of the article. He clarified the court ruling on the case will be applicable to others, so there is no need to file more cases. He argued that filing similar cases will only impede general assembly meetings, elections, approval of budgets and distribution of dividends. He wondered what the stakeholders will gain from the series of cases which could drag on for almost six months before the issuance of verdicts, that is, if the court rules the article is legitimate. He confirmed the ministry is always ready to implement the law and to open doors for elections if there are no court orders preventing the activity, indicating the ministry has already fixed dates for elections in all cooperatives.

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