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New unified labor contract an extension of old version – ‘No overriding or addition’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 8: An official source from Manpower Public Authority has affirmed that the new unified labor contract, which was enforced from the start of this year, will not override or add to the old contracts signed between the employers and the employees, reports Al-Rai daily.

The source explained that both types of contracts adhere to the same obligations and duties stipulated in the private sector labor law, indicating that, “The new contract is an extension of the old one in terms of the dues of the employee and years of service”. He revealed that the unified contract obliges the employer to include in the contract any additional conditions and privileges agreed between the employer and the employee such as annual travel ticket, house or transport allowance and other similar privileges given to the employee.

Concerning the fact that the annual leave of 30 days has not been mentioned in the new contract, the source explained that, “This segment has been left to the employers to determine the days of annual leave for employees, provided it is not less than 30 days in a year.

In other words, an employer can grant more days of leave to the employee; the authority does not want to interfere in this matter”. He indicated that the main objective of the new unified contract is to increase awareness between the two parties — the employer and the employee — concerning their labor obligations and rights, and to ensure that the prevailing laws related to the labor market are being observed.

The source clarified that the new unified labor contract obtains its provisions from the labor law of the private sector, given that most of the labor disputes and grievances filed by either the employees or the employers are already mentioned and settled in the law. This means such disputes and grievances will be settled easily and quickly with proper awareness of the labor law.

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