No pay since 8 mths; Expat workers stage sit-in

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KUWAIT CITY, March 4: The labor crisis continues unabated as in the latest case about 250 expatriate workers gathered in front of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, due to the refusal of the company they work for to pay their salaries for 8 months, reports Al-Qabas daily. The workers’ representatives told the daily they tried in vain to force the company officials more than once to pay their salaries but the company kept procrastinating every time without justification.

Demonstrators airing grievances to one of the company official

The head of the Committee for Migrant Workers at the Human Rights Society Mashari Al-Sanad, spoke to the protesters and recorded their complaints in preparation for submitting a report, and recording the refusal to receive them by the Public Authority for Manpower

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Al-Sanad told the daily that these oppressed workers tried to communicate with the owner and management of the company to give them their financial rights, to no avail, pointing to “two cases of workers who threatened suicide, and the representatives of the association reassured them and promised them to find a solution.”

Meanwhile, a PAM official source denied that the authority refused to receive them and told the daily that the relevant department dealt with the workers’ complaint, and after confirming the validity of their claim, the employer’s file was suspended, noting that the labor complaint was being pursued. The source added that the Deputy Director for Labor Protection Affairs, Fahd Murad, met with a number of affected workers and directed them to submit complaints through electronic systems.

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