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Reconsider decision on domestic workers, expert urges authorities

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‘Allow transfer … in event of dispute’

KUWAIT CITY, July 27: A researcher specialized in domestic labor affairs Bassam Al-Shammari has called on government agencies related to employment such as the Ministry of Interior and Public Authority for Manpower to reconsider the decision that bans the transfer of domestic workers from one employer to another in the event of a dispute between the two parties and the insistence of workers not to continue with the employer and reserve all legally guaranteed rights, reports Al-Anba daily. In a press statement, Al-Shammari explained that a decision must be issued in this regard without considering deportation as the first step to take.

Rather, it must be preceded by serious attempts to benefit from the workforce by re-employing them. If this is not possible, they must receive all their dues before leaving. Rehabilitating workers and returning them to the domestic and private labor market are some of the most important solutions to eliminate labor shortage, contribute to the stability of the labor market, remove injustice from the majority of workers, and address the shortcomings and the observations of human rights organizations regarding the negative aspects of the sponsorship system. He highlighted the importance of adopting the proposal for the final clearance that proves that the domestic worker has received all his entitlements stipulated by law upon leaving either permanently or for periodic leave.

Al-Shammari affirmed that this procedure is in place in neighboring countries, and the results have proven successful both for civil and domestic workers, as it has led to a decrease in cases related to violation of material rights. He said employment has increased by 90 percent, which made these countries attractive to all types of employment.

Al-Shammari stressed the need to give the worker an end-of-service gratuity, one month’s salary and a paid leave of 30 days after completing 11 months of work, in accordance with the domestic labor law and the executive regulations. He indicated that these benefits, if not applied, may turn into violations against domestic workers and cause disputes and losses, something that affects the costs of recruitment and causes reluctance to send workers to Kuwait.

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