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Allow the transfer of domestic workers in case of conflict – ARAB TIMES





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Reconsider decision on domestic workers, expert urges authorities

KUWAIT CITY, July 23: Domestic labor affairs researcher Bassam Al-Shammari has called on employment-related government agencies such as the Ministry of Interior and the Public Authority for Manpower to reconsider the decision that prohibits the transfer of domestic workers from one employer to another in the event of a conflict between the two parties and the insistence of workers not to continue with the employer and to reserve all legally guaranteed rights, reports Al-Anba daily.

Bassam Al-Shammari

In a press release, Al-Shammari explained that a decision must be made in this regard without considering expulsion as the first step to be taken. Rather, it must be preceded by serious attempts to profit from labor by re-employing it. If this is not possible, they must receive all their dues before leaving.

Rehabilitating workers and reintegrating them into the domestic and private labor market is one of the most important solutions to eliminate the labor shortage, contribute to the stability of the labor market, eliminate the injustice of the majority of workers and address the shortcomings and observations of humanity. advocacy organizations regarding the negative aspects of the sponsorship system.

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He stressed the importance of adopting the final authorization proposal which proves that the domestic worker has received all their rights provided by law when leaving permanently or for periodic leave.

Al-Shammari affirmed that this procedure is in place in neighboring countries and that the results have proven fruitful for both civilian and domestic workers, as it has led to a decrease in cases related to the violation of material rights. He said employment has increased by 90%, which has made these countries attractive for all types of jobs.

Al-Shammari stressed the need to grant the worker an end-of-service allowance, one month’s salary and 30-day paid leave after completing 11 months of work, in accordance with national labor laws and executive regulations. He said these benefits, if not enforced, can turn into violations against domestic workers and cause disputes and losses, which affects recruitment costs and causes reluctance to send workers to Kuwait.