Kuwait keen on protecting rights of foreign labor force
KUWAIT, Feb 5 (KUNA) -- Out of its respect for human rights, Kuwait is keen on protecting the labor force working on its soil, said Deputy Director General of the Public Authority for Labor Force Abdullah Al-Mutautah on Monday.
Since its establishment in 2013, the Authority worked on regulating the labor market according to laws in civil and private sectors and in light of Kuwait's commitment to international human rights agreements, as well as the ones of the International Labor Organization (ILO), Al-Mutautah told a host of diplomatic mission representatives in the country.
Moreover, Kuwait had signed a series of agreement in this regard, including 19 of the ILO, he noted, pointing out that Kuwait had gone a long way as far as labor-related legislations were concerned.
Despite the fact that the old 1964 law on labor regulations was "distinguished" on the Arab level, yet, Kuwait saw that an updated version of the law was necessary, in order for the country to keep up with developments and match its current international status, he said.
The original enactment of the labor law was in 1964 to regulate the work force in the private sector.
The amended 2011 version came mainly to ensure a fair treatment for all blue-collared jobs.
The law contains all essential rules and regulations that an employee needs to know before accepting a contract. It also contains significant guidelines and procedures that the employer should follow to make sure that an individual is a competent worker and is authorized to work in Kuwait.
The meeting was attended by diplomatic representatives of France, the Netherlands, Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, the Philippines, as well as ILO.