His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah yesterday emphasized that there is no room at all to respond to coercive demands, such as abstaining from work or disrupting public interests or vital services, which is highly dangerous and poses a serious threat to state pillars. His Highness the Premier made his comments during a meeting at Bayan Palace with chairman of the Oil and Petrochemical Industries Workers Confederation and heads of other oil trade unions.
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak responded to the meeting request in the wake of an initiative by the confederation to end the strike, which began on Sunday, as all workers were back to work yesterday morning. The meeting focused on the negative impact of the oil and petrochemical workers’ strike, namely the disruption of production at vital oil facilities and the ensued losses.
During the meeting, His Highness the Prime Minister thanked the workers who did not respond to the call for the strike so as not to disrupt work in the oil sector, prioritizing public interests. Their positive reaction was in line with a national conviction of the necessity of protecting public funds and avoiding harm to public interest.
His Highness the Premier expressed deep regret over the huge material damage and excessive losses to public funds and the national economy caused by the strike. He referred to other direct and indirect losses to Kuwait’s reputation and status.
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak appreciated the confederation and its members, for their courage to return to the right path, prioritizing public interests, through their national initiative to end the strike, a move to be taken into account.
In addition, His Highness the Prime Minister reiterated what was previously stressed by the cabinet, namely constant and full respect to the legal rights of workers in all government bodies and state sectors. Disputing these rights or detracting them is out of question. In the meantime, His Highness the Premier underlined that he would spare no effort to do justice to all sincere efforts, distinguished and efficient staff and jobs of risky nature in all state bodies.
Amid the critical economic conditions the country is experiencing due to the unprecedented falls of oil prices and the ensued serious repercussions and challenges, all Kuwaitis, officials and citizens, have to manifest a spirit of national responsibility, sacrifice and positive reaction to these threats, prioritizing public interests, to guarantee the defeat of these conditions, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak.
His Highness the Prime Minister underlined the fact that Kuwait is a state of institutions and impartial and efficient judiciary, a real source of pride, and that there is always room for others’ opinion. There is no way for dictating views, His Highness the Premier said, and also stressed the significance of calm and civilized dialogue. The cabinet will never accept an act that might harm state interests, reputation or status, nor will all sincere Kuwaitis.