total of 77 expatriate workers were arrested for violating Residency and Labor laws, while 50 others fled during a campaign launched recently against the erring workers, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh. According to the minister, the extensive campaign was carried out by joint teams from the Public Authority for Manpower, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Commerce and Industry. She said the teams started the campaign early Monday morning along the Seventh Ring Road. She explained such campaigns are aimed at organizing the labor market, as well as tracking down marginal and absconding workers. It is also a challenge to those involved in visa trading considering that they have tarnished the image of Kuwait in the international community.
She affirmed the ministry will soon take legal procedures against companies proven to have violated the law by suspending their files and referring these files to the General Investigations Department. She added those arrested during the campaign were referred to the Ministry of Interior to process their deportation in line with the law.
Meanwhile, acting Director General of the Public Authority for Manpower Abdullah Al-Mutawtah revealed the area allocated by Kuwait Municipality for recycling of waste was found to be a haven for hundreds of marginal workers when the inspection teams visited the construction sites earlier to ensure strict compliance with a directive prohibiting work under the scorching heat of the sun from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm during summer. He said the teams discovered by chance that a number of marginal workers, including some domestic laborers, have been working for other sponsors. He pointed out that the concerned officials quickly formed a quartet committee tasked to raid the location, but it was unfortunate that many of the violators escaped immediately after seeing the security officers.
The teams then planned to raid the location again on Monday morning during which a large number of the erring workers were arrested. He was shocked that about four companies were using the location as accommodation for their workers without informing the relevant authority. He pointed out the authority would have sent officials to the location for inspection to see rate of suitability for the accommodation if it was duly informed