Kuwait warns against delayed wages

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KUWAIT CITY, May 2: The Acting Deputy Director of the Public Authority for Manpower for Workforce Protection Sector Affairs, Dr. Fahd Al-Murad, emphasized the seriousness of private sector business owners and companies failing to pay workers’ monthly wages on time, reports Al-Jarida daily. This violation can lead to the suspension of the employer’s file and allow workers to transfer to another employer. Al-Murad made these remarks during the Authority’s celebration of International Labor Day, where they set up a booth at the Avenues Mall in cooperation with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the General Union of Kuwaiti Workers. Al-Murad highlighted the Authority’s commitment to monitoring business owners’ compliance with wage payment regulations as stipulated in Article 57 of Law 6/2010 regarding work in the private sector.

The Authority, he said, is actively coordinating with businesses to streamline the submission of documents proving wage transfers and has developed inspection mechanisms to accommodate the country’s commercial expansion. Moreover, the Authority is focused on raising awareness among business owners and workers about their rights and obligations. They participate annually in International Labor Day celebrations to underscore the importance of upholding labor laws and contractual agreements to protect everyone’s rights. Al-Murad stressed the Authority’s role in promoting legal awareness and facilitating dispute resolution to ensure stability in the labor market and achieve justice between workers and employers.

Aseel Al-Mazyad, Director of the Public Relations and Media Department at the Authority, emphasized the importance of direct communication with workers and business owners to provide information about labor laws and procedures. She highlighted the Authority’s upcoming awareness campaign on the ban on working at noon and its commitment to addressing inquiries related to the labor market. Yahya Al-Dosari, head of the Workers Union in the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Financial Secretary of the General Federation of Labor, reiterated the union’s demand to designate International Labor Day as an official holiday in Kuwait, aligning with global practices. Hussein Al-Tarkait, head of the Department of Industry and Labor at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, praised the Chamber’s cooperation with the Authority and its rapid response to labor market issues. He emphasized the Chamber’s commitment to supporting workers and business owners alike. Assistant Foreign Minister for Human Rights Affairs, Ambassador Sheikha Jawaher Al-Sabah, reaffirmed Kuwait’s commitment to respecting workers’ rights and providing them with decent work opportunities. She highlighted the significant contribution of expatriate workers, who make up 75 percent of the country’s workforce, to Kuwait’s economy.

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