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Three solutions being considered to end the domestic worker crisis – ARAB TIMES





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Unable to continue determining costs

KUWAIT CITY, July 27: In view of the continuing national labor crisis following the dispute between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on the one hand and the bureaus over the pricing of recruitment on the other hand, a source from National Labor Affairs put forward 3 solutions to end the crisis quickly and with minimal damage, Al-Rai daily reports. The source told the daily that there are three ways to resolve issues and differences in a way that satisfies all parties.

They are reopening recruitment bureau licenses for recruitment and employment as they were in the past, so that the bureau can find another job in another house for the domestic worker if she refuses to work and does not fire her. not in his country and bear the financial loss; working to pave the way for labor recruitment from multiple countries and not relying solely on the Philippines and the need for Federation of Labor Recruitment Bureau members to actively seek alternative markets on the African continent.

Costs
For his part, a specialist in domestic work affairs, Bassam Al-Shammari, confirmed that the decision to determine the recruitment costs was made in February 2021 during the “corona” pandemic, and set it at 890 dinars. for enterprises and offices, and charged the costs of tickets and medical examinations to the employer, while the cost was 390 dinars in case the employer submitted the copy of the worker’s passport to the office (including the ticket).

He added that companies and offices have started recruiting on this basis, “but the total cost is not less than 1,400 dinars for recruited workers, in addition to the costs of institutional quarantine”. He said that “after the Cabinet canceled the institutional quarantine, the cost of which is estimated at 230 dinars, the Ministry of Commerce sent on February 19, 2020, a letter based on an investigation by the Public Authority for the hand -work, the content of which was in violation of what has been done in the past and resulted in financial losses for the offices due to their inability to fulfill the obligations”.

Al-Shammari added: “The decision came in violation of the agreements reached with countries exporting national labour, as well as Law No. 68 of 2015 relating to the recruitment of domestic workers, in particular in the part of direct recruitment estimated at 390 dinars, which forces you to break local and international laws, and exposes recruitment companies to the risk of human trafficking, especially in agreements with the Philippines.

Clarify
He explained that the companies have taken steps to clarify this issue, and the Kuwait Federation, as well as the independent offices, have submitted the necessary studies to clarify the real costs, and warn that the decision creates a black market outside the supervision, and may result in the recruitment process being halted if it continues in its current unstudied form. He pointed out that “all costs have increased globally, the most important of which are travel tickets which have exceeded 300 dinars”, adding that “compared to neighboring countries, Kuwait remains the lowest country in terms of costs, which fluctuate between 1100 and 1300 dinars”. as a real cost.

Al-Shammari considered that “it is impossible to continue to determine the costs, because to continue in this way will cause serious prejudice to all parties, and the future results will be in the interest of the State of Kuwait”, noting that “these ill-considered decisions are mainly caused by the overlapping competences between government agencies, the most important of which in this regard is the Ministry of Commerce and the Public Authority for Manpower. For example, the Ministry of Commerce does not realize that there are no direct recruitment contracts between the Philippines and Kuwait. However, the decision rendered contained a clear violation of the agreement between the two countries, and the Public Authority for Labor prohibits companies and offices from entering into direct recruitment contracts, and considers them inappropriate.