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Workers could face deportation
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 15: The General Traffic Department (GTD) of the Ministry of Interior has begun issuing citations against erring home delivery service companies which have failed to comply with the new decision which went into effect from Jan 1, 2023, reports Al-Qabas daily. The GTD said in a statement that among the requirements that must be applied is that “the delivery worker must be sponsored by the company to avoid legal procedures, in addition to adhering to the uniform and wearing a helmet for motorcycle delivery workers and placing the company’s sticker on the vehicles used for the delivery service; and this is in addition to prohibiting Article 20 workers from working in the home delivery sector.”
An official source told the daily, the tripartite committee, headed by the Public Authority for Manpower, the Ministry of Interior and Municipality and the Food Authority, will intensify its inspection campaigns on violators and non-compliant companies.
The source indicated that the penalties against workers amount to deportation from the country, especially those who do not hold the residence of the company or those who hold Article 20 (domestic workers) work permit, in addition to closing company files and withdrawing licenses in case of non-compliance and repeat violations. Meanwhile, head of the Kuwaiti Union for the Delivery of Consumer Orders, Ibrahim Al-Tuwaijri, stressed that the implementation of the decision is a necessary step to support the regulation of the market for the delivery of orders.
He added, the federation supports the steps to regulate the market for delivery of orders and employment in this sector, indicating that focusing on combating domestic workers in this sector is an important step, especially since not all of them meet the requirements of delivery workers, such as the availability of health or safety and hygiene cards necessary for transporting materials, especially food.
He praised the decisions of the Ministry of the Interior regarding the implementation of the requirements, indicating that the decision actually entered into force at the beginning of this January, and a number of violations were issued against non-compliance. Al-Tuwaijri pointed out that the competent authorities have so far arrested more than 300 domestic workers within two weeks only working in the delivery sector.