KUWAIT CITY, Oct 5: Domestic labor affairs expert Bassam Al-Shammari revealed that the local labor recruitment offices are currently facing a problem – lack of reservation for the recruitment of domestic workers through the ‘Belsalamah’ platform, stressing that this is a threat to the recruitment process, especially in light of the severe shortage of such workers in the market, reports Al-Jarida daily.
Al-Shammari told the daily that the local labor recruitment offices have hundreds of workers ready to be hired, but they cannot do anything due to the suspension of reservation on the platform as well as the scarcity of airline tickets this month and the following months. He warned that failure to solve this problem immediately will further complicate matters, resulting in a decrease in the number of workers and increase of recruitment cost. He added: “Delaying solutions may lead to the reluctance of recruitment companies abroad to send their workers to Kuwait and even consider transferring their workers to neighboring countries, not to mention the high recruitment cost. The labor recruitment offices are incurring heavy financial losses that could put them back to square one.
Differences between Kuwait Airways and National Aviation Services (NAS), which is responsible for the platform, caused the lack of seats for domestic workers to come to the country.” He is surprised when he found out that the relevant government agencies held meetings before the establishment of the platform; with representatives of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Commerce, Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) and Kuwait Airways in attendance. They deliberated on the procedures, mechanisms and cost of recruitment; which turned out to be a disaster that led to the inability of local labor recruitment offices to fulfill their obligations with foreign labor-exporting companies, he disclosed