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Ministry plans new laws for betterment of migrant workers in Kuwait

Among the several benefits promised by the Kuwaiti government for countrys migrant workers are improved labour laws, cancellation of sponsorship system and several other pro-migrant laws.

These policies were further affirmed this week by Undersecretary of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MSAL), Muhammad Ali Al-Kandari, during his participation in the inauguration of a three-day workshop organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at the local UN Headquarters in Mishref.

As a government, the relationship between workers and employers need to be regulated for progress of the society. The rules should be updated and amended to make it compatible with requirements of other nations. Therefore, the Labour Ministry in Kuwait is paying special attention to labour-related issues, he said.

The ministry has already introduced minimum wage system for workers and will also permit workers to move easily between sponsors. Several more such benefits will be offered to workers in Kuwait, and they will also be extended to migrant workers.

With growth in urban development, Kuwait and other GCC nations witnessed huge influx of migrant workers. Discussing the issues concerning migrant workers, the Head of IOM-Kuwait, Iman Ereiqat, appreciated the efforts taken by the government to implement new labour laws and extended support for proposed domestic law and in combating human trafficking.

The Ambassador of Netherlands to Kuwait, Ton Boon Von Ochssee, said that it is vital to take such steps to strengthen mechanism that can lead to a better labour market. A good labour market can contribute immensely to recovery and bring in sustainable growth to economy.

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