‘100 pct work capacity against fourth phase’
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 7: Head of the labor union of the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) Abdul Rahman Al-Ghanim revealed that the union is against the PAHW’s implementation of fingerprint attendance system, and the resumption of work at 100-percent capacity, which is against the fourth phase of the Cabinet’s plan for the return to normalcy, reports Aljarida daily.
In a press statement, Al-Ghanim said the union is working on submitting an official request by next week to the State Minister for Housing Affairs and the State Minister for Services Affairs Dr. Abdullah Marafie to express the union’s refusal. He insisted that necessary actions should be taken regarding this matter, as is the case with the rest of the state ministries to protect the employees as part of the precautionary measures towards the COVID-19 pandemic, which has not yet ended. Al-Ghanim said, “At a time when the United Kingdom brought back total lockdown and closed its borders completely to restrict the pandemic, the authority decided to oblige its employees to work at full capacity, contrary to the decisions of the Council of Ministers and the general health situation in the country similar to other countries of the world.”
He expressed surprise by the decision of the Director General of PAHW Eng. Bader Al-Waqyan to suspend the sign-in-sign-out system in PAHW and replace it with the fingerprint attendance system using the work ID. He stressed that such a step is contrary to the decision of the Civil Service Commission as part of the precautionary measures to fight the COVID-19 spread.
He called for reconsideration of the decision to protect PAHW’s staff from the spread of the pandemic within the institution. Al-Ghanim revealed that the union is working on fixing an appointment with Minister Marafie to convey the demands and concerns of PAHW’s employees who are working on the country’s largest and most sensitive files, given its connection to the implementation of every citizen’s hope of obtaining a dream house.