Experts call for enactment of laws and decisions to protect workers – Govt plans to privatize three vital sectors
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 28: Amid the anticipation of decisions that are likely to be taken by the Council of Ministers, the higher committee for rectifying population imbalance, and Public Authority for Manpower to resolve the population imbalance while regulating the labor market, labor unions and economic experts have urged for enactment of laws, decisions and procedures to protect workers and provide job security for them.
Chief among the recommendations made in this regard is the need to fix the minimum wage for workers in private sector, as well as increase the rate of the national manpower in the sector by three percent annually, as currently obtainable.
They expressed reservation on the idea of stopping the issuance and renewal of work permits for people above 60 years old.
For his part, Chairman of the Federation of Kuwait Labor Unions Engineer Salem Al-Ajmi disclosed that the national manpower support law has been dragging for over 17 years to an extent that it can no longer serve the purpose of reforming the labor market as regards private companies and establishments.
He added that “it is high time the minimum wage for national personnel were fixed” to meet up with the international standard and the GCC countries having the same labor market trend.
Speaking on the same issue, chairman of the private sector workers union Mansour Al-Mutairi affirmed that the union is strongly in support of stopping the issuance and renewal of work permit for an estimated 60,000 workers who are above age 60. He declared “this decision will create more job opportunities for many youths”.
Meanwhile, the government intends to privatize three vital sectors including postal and communication services in a bid to develop non-oil revenues by the end of 2018, reports Annahar daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, State Ministry for Public Services and Secretariat General of the Supreme Council for Planning will meet soon in order to put the final touches and approve the economic plan for the coming period.
Sources said the plan is to have a sustainable economy through future development programs and enhancing investment as part of the main framework consisting of 25 laws based on five pillars.
Sources revealed the priorities of the plan include financial sustainability, privatization, diversification of income sources, investment in human resources, structural reform, infrastructure development, investment in renewable energy and improvement of services.
They pointed out that the aforementioned pillars are the bases of Kuwait’s 2035 vision, affirming the Parliament will discuss the laws and the plan in the next legislative round.
Fares Al-Abdan and Bilal Bader Al-Seyassah Staff