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Avoid violating workers’ rights – KABEHR urges PAM to look into issue of low salaries

KUWAIT CITY, July 21: President of Kuwait Association of the Basic Evaluators for Human Rights (KABEHR) Dr Yousef Al-Saqr has requested Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) and other concerned authorities to look into the issue of very low salaries of fuel station workers, delay in the payment of their salaries and their work in extremely hot weather for long hours reaching up to 12 hours per day, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

He said Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has set the minimum limit of the salaries of workers in Kuwait to be KD 75 monthly, which is a mandatory condition. Dr Al-Saqr called on all employers to adhere to this condition in order to avoid violating workers’ rights. He explained that exploiting workers or forcing them to accept poor salaries is unacceptable.

The employers’ excuse for the poor salaries is deductions of housing, food and transportation expenses, but this is in violation to the signed contracts and the law that sets the minimum ceiling of the workers’ wages.

Dr Al-Saqr stressed the need to activate monitoring of authorities and companies based on the private sector labor law of Kuwait as well as the oil sector labor law in order to curb the phenomena of violating workers’ rights and ensuring compliance by employers and authorities to the provisions of the laws in terms of wages, benefits and occupational protection and safety.

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