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Over 12,000 transferred to private sector; 75 companies suspended
November 16, 2014, 9:36 am
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Director of Public Authority for Manpower Jamal Al-Dosari says there is no intention to expand or renew the period given for the domestic workers to transfer to private sector, which started in mid-August and ends on Monday, reports Arab Times citing Al-Watan Arabic daily.

In a press statement, Al-Dosari said the step is part of the authority’s strategy to reorganize the local labor market, noting the three-month grace period enabled over 12,000 domestic workers to transfer their residences to private sector. He added the authority reached an agreement with the Ministry of Interior to allow the transfer of domestic visas to work permit for the last time after which the situation of the local market will be studied, noting the current population structure will be released in early 2015.

In another development, MP Sultan Al-Leghaisam Al- Shimmari quoted the Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammed Al-Khalid as saying a decision will be issued before the end of Nov to naturalize several children of Kuwaiti women who are married to non-Kuwaitis, as well as Bedoun militarymen, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

n a press statement, Al-Shimmari noted that Sheikh Mohammed Al-Khalid is keen on solving the Bedoun issue and to bestow the honor of Kuwaiti citizenship on the deserved members of this category. As regards rumors on the dissolution of National Assembly and resignation of some ministers, he said “it is not possible at all, because the legislative and executive authorities are willing to cooperate to accomplish their goals for the welfare of citizens.

He reiterated one-man one-vote system has democratic basis that cannot be violated. Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah issued administrative decree number 17/2014 to form an inspection team to inspect domestic labor offices under the direct supervision of acting Director General for Residency Affairs Major General Talal Ibrahim Marafe. In a press statement, Sheikh Mazen clarified this step was taken as part of efforts to stop violations in the domestic labor sector.

He warned those proven to have committed violations will be deported while the necessary measures will be taken against the domestic labor offices as per the law, whether the violations are committed against the domestic workers or against the laws on the recruitment of these workers. He said the inspection team will start working next week, indicating the team will conduct surprise inspections in the offices in a bid to maintain public safety and security, as well as to protect the welfare of the people of Kuwait.

75 companies suspended

Director for National Manpower Department at the Public Authority for Manpower Abdullah Al-Jafour has announced suspension of 75 companies proven to have manipulated procedures for the employment of nationals, reports Al- Kuwaitia daily.

Al-Jafour said the authority, in collaboration with the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP), discovered 500 bogus Kuwaiti employees in 75 companies.

He affirmed that protecting national manpower is the priority of the authority, so it will never compromise their rights in favor of any company or establishment. He asserted that national manpower constitutes only five percent of the total workforce in the private sector. He went on to explain the overlapping functions in some departments led to the proposed merging of the Arbitration and Inspection departments.

He revealed the department received about 50,000 transactions for registration, transfer, renewal and ending of contracts; indicating that renewal of work permits has the lion’s share with 16,000 transactions. He added the authority has prepared a memorandum on merging the Arbitration and Inspection departments to be forwarded to the director for approval.

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