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Domestics file transfer to PAM to improve worker conditions
December 17, 2018, 12:51 pm
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Ruba Jaradat, the Regional Director of Arab States in the International Labor Organization, lauded the Council of Ministers’ decision to transfer the domestic workers file from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), which may address the problems these workers are facing.

Ruba revealed that the Kuwaiti government has requested the International Labor Organization to offer assistance when dealing with the situation of domestic workers, and she said, “We are ready to provide all technical support according to the requests of the state. Ruba stressed, “One of the principles of the organization is to urge countries to put in place laws and regulations that guarantee the rights and duties of domestic workers, and not to have a situation outside the framework governing migrant labor in general.” She remarked that so far there has been some improvement in the situation of domestic workers in Kuwait.

Speaking on the sponsorship system in Kuwait that controls workers, Ruba said, “This system exists in a number of countries in the world, but there are trends which emerged recently in some Gulf countries that have shown more flexibility in dealing with migrant workers, so as to improve the conditions.”

She mentioned that recently there have been significant improvements in some Gulf countries in dealing with expatriate workers, and pointed out that these countries are requesting the assistance of ILO to achieve this change.

She said was optimistic that the ILO office in Kuwait, along with the enhancement of technical support from the Beirut office, will work to abolish the sponsorship system in some countries, improve employment conditions in other countries and create more flexibility in the transfer of work permits from employer to employer.

Referring to the signing into effect of the first national program of decent work in Kuwait, she emphasized that “the program is a great achievement for the future of employment in Kuwait and a leap towards ensuring decent work for all women and men.”

Kuwaiti government and representatives of workers and employers structured the program on three priorities; to enhance the skills of foreign workers, improve the management of foreign labor, and promote social dialogue and triangular cooperation.

She stressed, “Achieving these three priorities requires adherence to international labor standards, the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination, social dialogue and environmental sustainability”. “The Kuwaitization of national employment in the private sector is one of the most important goals and policies of Gulf governments and we help countries achieve their goals,” she said.

 

 

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