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Thursday , August 13 2020

Ministry must force companies to pay delayed salaries of workers

KUWAIT CITY, June 27 : MP Abdulkareem Al- Kandari said the scenario of laborers, who have not received their salaries for four months, is not less offending for Kuwait than the money laundering and human trafficking cases. He called on the Ministry of Social Affairs to take the necessary action in order to compel the concerned companies or institutions to pay the delayed salaries and then punish them.

MP Al-Otaibi forwarded queries to Minister of Social Affairs and State Minister of Economic Affairs Mariam Al- Aqeel about the expatriate workers whose residency permits are under government contracts.

He wants to know the number of companies with more than 100 workers, names of these companies, names of owners, reasons behind the protest action of expatriate workers with government visa, action taken against erring companies, companies referred to the Public Prosecution, and number of contracts signed by the government and private companies in the last 10 years.

On the other hand, MP Al-Humaidi Al-Subai’e proposed that the Ministry of Social Affairs should submit a detailed report on visa trading to the National Assembly within one month. He said the report must reveal if there are employees at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) who contributed to the rising number of visa trading crimes by approving the excess number of workers — more than the estimated manpower need.

He suggested the report should include the names of these employees and punitive action taken against them, confirming the Assembly approved his proposal and that he will closely follow up its implementation.

Also, MP Osama Al-Shaheen affirmed his willingness to support the proposal to grant financial aid to businesses which incurred losses due to the lockdown.

He said the financial support must be subject to monitoring and the amount should match the losses. He emphasized the need to regulate the reopening of establishments by ensuring strict compliance with the health regulations, particularly social distancing.

MP Khalid Al-Otaibi voiced objection to the idea of inviting Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi to Kuwait whether personally or officially. He stressed that whoever supported the invasion of Kuwait is not welcomed here and shaking hands with them is considered betrayal to the martyrs’ blood.

By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff & Agencies

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