KUWAIT CITY, July 14: Trade unions in Kuwait have warned against tackling the economic crisis with measures that take away employment rights of citizens, such as reducing the wages and salaries of workers and employees, reducing services and cutting down student scholarship missions, and insurance support for employees by bringing down the value of health insurance for retirees.
A joint statement issued by Kuwait Trade Union Federation, Oil and Petrochemical Industries Workers Confederation and Government Sector Workers Union indicated the proposals submitted by Minister of Finance Barak Al-Shitan under the name of “economic reforms to address the budget deficit” are considered catastrophic measures and aim to impoverish workers, employees, retirees, and all other popular groups with limited incomes.
The labor unions expressed their complete rejection of those measures that were also rejected by Kuwait Trade Union Federation and all trade union organizations, popular bodies and components of civil society.
The statement added that government must be aware that reducing wages and salaries, imposing additional fees and taxes on citizens, and other unfair measures can not remedy the economic crisis, indicating the measures should be in accordance with economic plans and based on studies from specialized agencies in this field reports Al-Qabas daily.
The unions stressed that government, before proceeding to find a way to cover up its failures by slicing the income of the simple citizen, must tackle corruption and pursue the corrupted in a bid to prevent them from usurping the capabilities of the people.