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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 17: Expatriate oil sector employees who are stranded abroad and were unable to return to the country due to the closure of airports and suspension of air traffic, are considered on annual leave, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a senior oil source. The same source told the daily their leave shall be deducted from the balance of their vacation, and in the case of insufficient leave remaining in the current year, their leave balance for the next year will be deducted and in case they have fully exhausted this balance, they are considered to be on unpaid leave and that they will be notified on this decision.
Meanwhile, the sources stated that the oil sector companies, to implement the Kuwaitization policy and replace the expatriate workers with national workers, have classified their jobs into three categories (easy – slow – difficult). Accordingly, the companies plan to substitute ‘easy’ and ‘slow’ jobs first and then in the long run replace workers doing ‘difficult’ jobs.