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UK expert likely to tackle demands of PASS workers Govt accused of breaking law

KUWAIT CITY, July 11: The government has apparently broken the law of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) by allowing transactions to be handled by individuals who are not working in the Public Authority for Social Security, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting reliable sources from the authority.

They revealed that CSC regulations prohibit the handling of any confidential files by employees who are not in charge of dealing with transactions in the authority. Sources explained that the government, in this case, had sought assistance of employees of Wafra Real-Estate Company, which is affiliated to the authority, for dealing with transactions that were accumulating due to the strike held by the employees of the authority, adding that majority of the employees of the company are expatriates.

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They indicated that the Labor Union of the Public Authority for Social Security, after their meeting with the Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh on Friday, had given him two days to respond to the labor union’s invitation to appear before the employees on strike and explain the alternative strategies to end the strike; however, the minister had turned down their invitation. Sources revealed that the minister’s alternative strategy is to delegate a British expert who will be in charge of setting up a mechanism after studying the demands for salary increments and promotions presented by the employees who have been on strike for six weeks.

Meanwhile, the employees on strike in the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) have denounced the steps taken by the Department of Social Security Services in PAHW, considering it as a preliminary step towards stopping them from receiving salaries for the days they have been on strike.

According to the statement issued by the employees, the Department of Social Security Services in PAHW has been distributing questionnaires to the clients who frequent the authority regarding the services that have been affected by the strike, which will enable the department to take legal actions against the employees such as denying them their salaries.

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