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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 9: Head of the Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Recruitment Offices Khaled Al-Dakhnan affirmed that the decision of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to set a higher limit for the recruitment of domestic workers makes it difficult for the offices to recruit skilled workers, especially considering the existing competition with other countries that depend on the open market system, reports Al-Anba daily. In a press statement, he said, “Kuwait was and still is the cheapest among the Gulf countries in terms of the recruitment price.
Other countries offer much higher prices than what is offered in Kuwait. It is unreasonable for offices in the exporting countries to provide us with skilled and distinguished workers when other countries are paying much higher amounts”. Al-Dakhnan indicated that the owners of the domestic labor recruitment offices incur a lot of the fees imposed by Kuwait and the labor-supplying countries.
He said he was surprised to know that the ministry did not seek the opinion of the union, even though it is the official body responsible for the recruitment offices in Kuwait. Al-Dakhnan appealed to the concerned authorities to reverse the decision in favor of the citizens and the recruiting agencies.
He indicated that the Ministry of Commerce, in its decision, set the prices for the recruitment of African domestic workers even though the concerned authorities had not originally signed any memorandum of understanding with any one of the countries to bring in their workers. Al-Dakhnan said the union has been waiting for years to sign a memorandum of understanding with Ethiopia, but it has not yet signed it.