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KPC to place expat secretaries under contractual system July 1 – Justice renews contracts of above 70 Arab consultants

KUWAIT CITY, April 7: Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) will soon terminate the expatriate secretaries and put them under the contractual system, which means they will work according to the corporation’s actual need for their services, reports Al- Kuwaitiyah daily quoting sources.

Sources explained this step is within the framework of rationalizing expenditures, indicating that putting the expatriate secretaries under the contractual system means they will receive lower salaries. Sources confirmed the corporation has started taking the necessary steps, such as finalizing the list of the affected employees who will be under the contractual system effective July 1, 2016.

In other news, Minister of Justice Yacoub Al-Sane’ has decided to renew the contracts of 19 Arab consultants even though they are above 70 years of age, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting informed sources.

They explained that some of these consultants, as per the decision, will be occupying three positions in the technical office of the ministry, three positions in the offi ce of the head of Cassation Court, two positions in the office of the head of Supreme Judiciary Council, one position at the technical office of the Constitutional Court and two positions in the prosecutor’s office.

The decision also includes the renewal of contracts of a consultant in the technical office of the Court of Appeals and two others in the departments of family consultations, real-estate registry and documentation. The sources revealed that 18 of these consultants will be granted governmental houses and monthly salary of KD 2,500 each.

Meanwhile, several road cleaning workers affirmed delay in the payment of their salaries, adding they sometimes wait for almost three months to collect meager salary that is not more than KD 50. In a survey carried out by the daily, the cleaning workers said they were made to believe during the recruitment process that coming to Kuwait would fetch them huge salaries, but the reality dawned on them upon arrival in Kuwait.

They complained of working in hostile weather conditions such as extremely cold and scorching sun, depending on the season. They said it’s so bad that they are not allowed to take holidays even when they are sick. They urged concerned officials to consider their situation and help them out, because they are also human beings who deserve decent living. They pointed to suffering untold hardship at the bottom level of employee cadre.

Al-Nasser Mandour who works with a cleaning company said he is placed on a very low salary that cannot take care of his basic needs. He added the people who recruited them deceived them with bogus salary, and he realized the truth here in Kuwait that the salary was not more than KD 50 as claimed. He stated the working condition is horrible and they have to contend with foul odor of garbage every day.

In his response, Baggi Mio declared that cleaning workers in Kuwait are facing terrible situation, as they carry garbage early morning and evening, and yet the salary does not reflect the nature of their job. He pleaded with the government to monitor the cleaning companies closely, adding the employers no longer consider them as humans while people underrate them everywhere, compounded with their meager salary.

As for Abdullah Al-Hadi, he is a university graduate who memorized the Holy Quran completely, but fate compelled on him a cleaning job. He pointed out that he does not have the right to complain over the delay in payment of salary, and he should continue sweeping streets even when he is ill.

He added the maltreatment has made several of his colleagues to disappear from their employers to find better working conditions in restaurants in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh or engage in street hawking.

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