Sunday , December 17 2017

‘Domestic workers office owners must be educated’

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 19: Lawyer Faisal Al-Enezi filed a petition with the Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of some articles found in the Law No. 68/2015 concerning domestic workers, especially second and third articles that set the condition of running domestic offices, which stipulates the owner must have high school certificate as a minimum.

In a statement, Al-Enezi explained that the law requires the owner of domestic bureau to be physical fit without disability and he challenges its constitutionality, given that the owners of many bureaus in the country for translation and trust fund, among other companies, have no academic certificate.

Al-Enezi indicated the Constitutional Court will look into the case on Nov 25 and that the session will be attended by owners of domestic bureaus who cannot return to school in order to fulfill the conditions of running the business, in view of their advanced age. He pointed out that the law has many legal flaws that hurt the owners of domestic workers bureaus and infringe their rights. Speaking to the owners of domestic workers bureaus at a recent meeting in Costa Del Sol hotel in Shaab area, lawyer Al- Enezi pointed out that several members of the Parliament do not have academic certificates but they have the responsibility and trust of enacting legislations.

He emphasized the licenses of many domestic bureaus will be withdrawn if such unconstitutional condition is implemented, and the cost of bringing a maid into the country will increase up to KD 2,500. He stressed the explanatory document of the law did not even explain the reason of requiring a minimum of high school certificate as a condition for running a domestic bureau. He reaffirmed that he represents some 130 owners of domestic workers bureaus.

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