‘New domestic workers excluded from Cabinet’s decision’
KUWAIT CITY, July 24: The Kuwaiti market is still suffering from severe shortage of domestic workers for several reasons; on top of which is the reluctance of these workers to come to Kuwait as they prefer the neighboring countries, reports Al-Jarida daily. Chairman of the voluntary committee tasked to study the file of domestic workers Bassam Al-Shammari said the Kuwaiti market has become a ‘repellent’ for these workers who continue to suffer and do not feel safe here due to the failure of the concerned government agencies to play their role in providing protection for domestic workers and settle their disputes with employers. Al-Shammari stressed that the continuation of these workers resorting to their embassies is a serious offense to the sovereignty of the State and proves the government’s inability to find radical solutions to their problems.
He affirmed that “there is a big problem looming on the horizon — the refusal of employers to book tickets for their workers who want to return to their countries once the employment contract ends due to the high ticket costs or failure to provide an alternative worker. This could make domestic workers more reluctant to come to Kuwait.”
Meanwhile, Chairman of Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO) Khaled Al-Dakhnan said the director of Balsalama platform for the recruitment of domestic workers assured him that the new domestic workers are excluded from the Cabinet’s decision to stop direct commercial flights between Kuwait and India, reports Al-Jarida daily. Al-Dakhnan pointed out that similar decisions issued earlier excluded the new domestic workers and those who accompanied their employers abroad, but the abovementioned decision was issued suddenly; hence, the need for confirmation that such decision does not apply to domestic workers. He warned that the domestic labor market will suffer if the decision covers domestic workers, as it could lead to the cancellation of thousands of new domestic labor visas.