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New procedures to protect foreign labour rights

The Acting Director of Public Authority for Manpower, Abdullah Al-Mutawteh, emphasized that Kuwait is trying its best to protect labour rights, and is strict with those trying to infringe on the rights of its foreign workforce or breaks into the labour law.

According to Al-Mutawteh, Kuwait has implemented laws and procedures aimed at protecting the rights of foreign labour, apart from the new labour law, offering shelter for expat personnel. The law also deals with human trafficking considered to be a serious offense.

Al-Mutaweh, when replying to the report issued by US State Department on human trafficking allegation, said that Kuwait does not abide by the lowest standards in fighting human trafficking. He pointed out that several measures have been adopted by Kuwait to ensure the labour rights protection, citing the new law (6/201) which is the best labour laws containing rights and privileges protecting the foreign labour force.

Kuwait imposes financial guarantee on employers to secure the rights of its foreign labour force by obliging employers to deposit the salaries of employees to their bank accounts, in accordance with Article 57 of the labour law of private sector. Kuwait has also adopted laws that stop human trafficking and a law organizing domestic labour sector.

Al-Mutawteh pointed out that contrary to the report, Kuwait does not tolerate forced labour, as there are laws prohibiting continuous work, or staying at work in the night. Authorities usually take necessary measures against employer if any employee files a report in that concern.

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