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Tuesday , December 1 2020

Cleaning workers in Kuwait pay huge price – Labour laws broken

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 30: Several female cleaning workers have been recruited from overseas to work on hourly basis in violation of Kuwait’s labor contract regulations, reports Al-Qabas daily.

They all confirmed coming to Kuwait on contracts signed with local agencies in their homelands after paying about KD 300 per person as processing fees, the daily added.

Fatima is an Indian laborer who came to Kuwait with her friend after spending KD 600, and based on the contracts signed, they’re to receive salary of KD 120 per month but ended up receiving only KD 70 while the remaining KD 50 deducted for housing. She said the company, under an unwritten pact called under-table agreement, dispatches them to work as domestic laborers when they finish their work at the cleaning company.

Report added that Fatima and her friend with six others left the accommodation provided by the company, because it’s unsuitable for humans.

They have since rented a three-bedroom flat in Khaitan area where each of them pays KD 40 per month.

They told the daily that their typical day starts at 3.00 am when the bus takes them to work in the Ministry of Education, indicating their duty starts from 4.30 am to 2.00 pm and the bus takes them back to their house after that. Again, around 4.30 pm, they resume their second job cleaning neighboring houses.

They prefer working for expatriate families, because such families require their services for only two or three days a week, which is convenient for them due to 15 hours duty they do each day.

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