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Over 150 drivers strike for backpay – Many arrested in raids

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 4: Over 150 drivers organized a sit-in recently to protest against nonpayment of their salaries. A source from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor said the drivers are working in four departments at Social Welfare Sector, including Family Nursery, General Services, Minor Affairs, and Elderly Care. The drivers were given assurance that their salaries would be paid next Sunday, while the assistant undersecretary in charge of the sector Dr Fatmah Al-Mulla forwarded a memo to concerned officials in the ministry to penalize the companies in question and suspend their contracts.

Many arrested: Police have arrested several people in various places who were wanted by law, reports Al-Anba daily. The daily added, in Mahboula the Ahmadi police arrested a Kuwaiti who had been sentenced in absentia for failing to pay a total of KD 52,459 to the commercial bank and a telecommunications company. In Khaitan police arrested another Kuwaiti for failing to pay KD 359 debt. He was taken into custody at the Salmiya checkpoint. He has been handed over to the concerned authority. Meanwhile, the Farwaniya police have taken into custody three people — a Kuwaiti, a Bangladeshi and a Sri Lankan, the former for failing to pay debt to a car company and the Bangladeshi and the Sri Lankan for possessing and consuming drugs.

Airport citations: Checkpoints mounted by the sector for organizing traffic at entrances and exits of the Arrival and Departure Halls of Kuwait International Airport since the beginning of July until Sept 30 resulted in the issuance of 6,498 citations for various traffic violations, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Officers from the sector affiliated to Airport Security Department also dealt with 5 traffic accidents and impounded 68 vehicles during the period.

By Fares Al-Abdan Al-Seyassah Staff

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