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PAM, MoI working to find appropriate solution to 74 ‘illegal’ Egyptians’ case

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Victims of ‘mandoub’ high-handedness file complaint

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 17: An official source at the Manpower General Authority revealed that labor protection sector chaired by Dr Mubarak Al-Azmi is done investigating the case of 74 Egyptians who were not issued residence permits after entering the country due to slackness of the company that recruited them, adding the Egyptians have filed a case at the labor affairs department against their employer, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The same source explained that Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) had closed the labor file of the company in question, which possesses a small enterprise license and referred them to the Public Prosecution for legal action, because the complaint filed by the stranded employees against the employer bore suspicions of human trafficking.

The source added that PAM referred the case to the Ministry of Interior where officials of the company in question were probed by detectives from the Department of Criminal Investigation and Department of Residency Affairs before the case file was sent back to the Public Prosecution to complete the legal procedures.

As regards the legal status of employees in question, the source pointed out that the case was the focus of continuous follow-up by the protection sector and coordination is underway with the Ministry of Interior regarding the issue, especially as the company has implicated them in large financial fines. The issue will be discussed by officials in the Interior Ministry to find an appropriate solution soon, the source said.

Concerning the video clip circulated on various social communication media platforms recently, which shows a gathering of employees in front of the Labor Relations Department in Abu Fatira area, the source stressed the employees had gone to file a complaint against their employer and one of the company officials decided to videotape them. He stated the employees who appeared in that video clip had filed an official complaint with the labor administration department a day before.

They complained about irregularities of the company in terms of delay in paying their salaries, and without compensating employees for injuries they sustained in the course of duty, in addition to a complaint filed against another worker with the status of “mandoub” who constantly threatens them.

They also mentioned other moral violations amid the employer’s protection of the “mandoub”. The source indicated the authority contacted the company owner and invited him to the headquarters of labor administration department to hear their statements in response to the complaints filed against them.

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