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Domestic Worker Recruitment Bureaus Threaten to Shut Down – ARAB TIMES

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“Allow Ethiopian entry to cover labor shortage”

KUWAIT CITY, June 1: Seventy-nine owners of domestic labor recruitment agencies have threatened to hand over their licenses to the Ministry of Commerce within two weeks, in response to the ministry’s decision to stick to its decision to set the recruitment fee for domestic workers, which is no more than 890 dinars, including travel expenses and “PCR” test fees while insisting on the need to reverse this decision that ‘they called it thoughtless, and reconsidering contract prices taking into account all overheads, reports Al-Jarida daily.

This happened during a press conference held Monday at the Costa del Sol Hotel on the “negative repercussions of the decision of the Ministry of Commerce to determine the cost of recruiting domestic workers in the labor market” and has dealt with a detailed explanation of these repercussions, which are reflected in this vital sector.

For his part, the specialist in domestic work affairs and boss of one of the recruitment companies, Bassam Al-Shammari, said: “Day after day, the government agencies concerned with office work prove their dimension, which has reached the point of no return from the bitter reality experienced by offices and businesses over the past three years, especially since the emergence of the Corona pandemic and the negative left-wing repercussions on the national labor market that have afflicted “our work, until dozens of us were on the brink of bankruptcy. »

Bassam Al-Shammari, an expert in domestic labor affairs, asserted that allowing the recruitment of Ethiopian workers will balance the national labor market and solve the problem related to the shortage of domestic labor currently in the country, especially more so that the wages of these workers are low, reports the daily Aljarida. Al-Shammari revealed that a resumption of talks between Kuwait and Ethiopia regarding the completion of the Memorandum of Understanding regulating controls on the recruitment of Addis Ababa domestic workers can be expected in the near future.

He said an Ethiopian delegation is expected to visit Kuwait soon to complete meetings with relevant government agencies to finalize the terms of the memorandum before signing it and announcing its official entry into force. Al-Shammari explained that this step would open a new market for the recruitment of these workers to fill the acute shortage that Kuwait is currently suffering from. Many local offices are awaiting the signature of the memorandum of understanding between the two parties and then the conclusion of the first recruitment contracts known as “job orders” with their counterparts in Addis Ababa. He pointed out that allowing the recruitment of Ethiopian workers will bring balance to the national labor market and solve the problems related to the shortage of domestic workers, especially since the costs of recruiting these workers and their wages are low. which does not represent a heavy burden for citizens and residents.

Al-Shammari said: “The current breakthrough in the labor market in terms of expanding the recruitment of domestic workers threatens to wane in light of frequent news of a Gulf state taking over the arrival of workers from the Philippines, which supplies Kuwait with approximately 70% of its labor requirements”. He called on relevant government agencies to expedite the signing of the MoU with Ethiopia and start bringing in its workers as soon as possible, in anticipation of any emergency that could negatively affect the market and lead to a drop in numbers. new domestic workers.

Al-Shammari stressed the importance of allowing the recruitment of domestic workers from several countries other than Ethiopia, and not limiting the issue to just two or three countries. He reiterated his call on the need to comprehensively address all past employment-related shortcomings and fully enforce the law against all those who violate their rights to ensure the recruitment process continues unhindered. . Al-Shammari called on the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) to extend the orientation of its employees, office owners and employers to the provisions of the new implementing regulations of Law No. 68/2015 regarding domestic workers.

He said that these regulations have been widely accepted and approved among circles specializing in the business of recruitment and use of this workforce, adding that they include rights that will improve the image of the country in the eyes of the workers who wish to come and work here. , including an increase in the minimum wage, annual leave and other personal rights.