KUWAIT CITY, Dec 8: An unidentified Egyptian jumped to his death from the 10th floor of a residential building in Mahboula after personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department raided the accommodation of some Egyptian employees, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The victim is part of the 74 employees who had been hired by a ‘delivery company’ to work in Kuwait nine months ago and were allegedly ‘abandoned’ without work and without completing their residence formalities.
According to the daily, the employees had filed a complaint with the Public Manpower Authority and the latter was in the process of investigating the issue and holding the guilty party responsible for the ‘fiasco’.
Some of the workers had already complained and PAM was investigating the issue and the manner in which the security personnel accompanied by the Lebanese manager of the company raided their accommodation sent many of them running for their lives and there was chaos.
Some of them went to the top floor, while others ran down the stairs for fear of being deported and one of them jumped from the 10th floor and lost his life.
The men claim they have paid the agent approximately 70,000 dinars to get the job in Kuwait, but they were not given what they were promised – no work, no support and no salaries.
The employees told the daily the man who jumped from the upper floor did not want to face the prospect of paying about 60,000 Egyptian pounds, equivalent to one thousand dinars, which he had borrowed back home to pay for his recruitment to Kuwait.
They added that, prior to the incident, they tried to reach out to the security men, but the way they were dealt with was harsh. They also claim some of them were beaten. They said they were following up the case with PAM officials and were promised that their residence permit would be ‘soon’ stamped but “what happened was surprising, although the manager of the company had promised to correct their situation in front of Manpower officials. He broke his promise and came to the residence accompanied by security men,” they said.
The sources told the daily that PAM received a notification about the security forces raiding the accommodation of the complaining workers, and accordingly the specialized staff was sent to the site, to find out the details, follow up on what is happening and take the necessary measures to preserve the rights of the employees according to the law.
The sources emphasized that labor rights are a duty and are implemented in accordance with laws and regulations, and that any infringement on employment is punishable by law.