JOBS IN PLAY MANY OTHERS DON’T WANT … CAN’T DO
KUWAIT CITY, March 25: Informed sources at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) said a breakthrough is looming on the horizon for those who have reached the age of 60 and above, and are holding high school certificates and below, or the equivalent certificates, to obtain a work permit and renew residence permits. Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources indicated the Higher Advisory Committee for Labor Affairs will consider next Sunday amending the decision banning the issuance of a work permit for this segment of employees.
The same sources told the daily there is a tendency to amend and add some new conditions, which give the decision flexibility in work and exclude some of those covered by it, excluding at the same time the cancellation of the decision.
The sources explained among the proposals, is the development of private health insurance, different from the current one and at a higher cost for this category, in addition to an increase in the residence fees in general. The sources emphasized that the aim of reviewing the decision is to benefit from the existing experiences, especially the employment of workers who employers cling to and refuse to leave because of their great experiences, noting that raising the residence fees and stipulating health insurance will keep only eligible workers who can bear this cost.
The sources stated the committee’s meeting on Sunday will be attended by the Public Authority for Manpower, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the General Federation of Kuwait Workers, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Interior, and some other bodies.
Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Manpower denied what is being circulated in social media regarding the decision not to renew the residence permit of those who are 60 years and hold only high school certificates and below has been amended, reports Al- Anba daily quoting PAM sources. The PAM source said the decision has been in effect since Jan 1, 2021 without any exception or amendment, and all that is rumored is completely untrue, stressing that any decision or amendment related to regulating the labor market and employment is issued by the authority and published through the authority’s official websites.
A number of specialists and academics have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Public Authority for Manpower decision which prevents the renewal of residence permits for expatriates who have reached the age of 60 years and do not hold university degrees or who have reached the age of seventy years, in general, but are experienced and are competent and difficult to replace.
Speaking to Al-Seyassah daily, they say, the decisions will harm many citizens, including private school owners and the real estate, and deprive business owners of the experiences of many expatriates. Head of the Kuwaiti Contracting Companies Federation, D Salah Bursli said the recent decisions regarding non-renewal of residence for 60-year-old and above expatriates who do not have university degrees will affect the urban movement in the country as most contracting companies depend on a lot on people with experience in construction. He said the random decisions will empty the country of experienced people who can be relied upon for their expertise, knowledge, and knowledge of everything new in the science of construction.
Dr. Bursli mentioned the real estate sector in Kuwait will suffer most from the negative impact due to the non-renewal of residence for this category of people, especially that the investment sector suffers from a massive recession, and if this unnatural decision continues, it will lead to citizens bearing the consequences, especially since they have developed their businesses with bank loans and have to pay monthly installments.
Faris Al-Abdan and Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah Staff