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July 14, 2016 at 00:29

Ministry of Interior sets KD 60 as monthly minimum wage for maids

Ministry of Interior sets KD 60 as monthly minimum wage for maids
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Kuwait: Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah yesterday issued a decision setting KD 60 as the minimum monthly wage for domestic helpers in Kuwait, in the first such step in the country.

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December 1, 2015 at 10:44

Shareholding company to be formed to recruit domestic workers to Kuwait

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Kuwait: Kuwait Investment Authority recently received authorizations form relevant authorities concerning the establishment of a shareholding company to bring and hire domestic laborers, said MP Kamel Al-Awadhi, noting that the company would be declared by the end of December 2015.

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November 4, 2015 at 07:29

Kuwait suspended visas for Indian domestic workers

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Kuwait: Kuwait has officially suspended issuing entry visas to Indian domestic workers – a stipulation that the Indian authorities had requested earlier.

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March 31, 2015 at 09:14

300 Kuwaiti Dinar fee to hire domestic maids

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Kuwait: A number of lawmakers are currently working on a draft bill to establish a government company to bring in domestic workers into the country through the investment authority. Parliamentary sources said that the idea had been previously proposed by MP Kamled Al-Awadhi over a year and a half earlier, and that the government’s delay in issuing a law made them to list it on the parliament’s agenda as soon as possible.

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March 15, 2015 at 13:59

Maid Market in Kuwait: The buying and selling of human beings

Maid Market Kuwait: The buying and selling of human beings
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Kuwait: You can buy them, trade them, sell them or even borrow them. They are available in the souq, the black market and sometimes through the classifieds. They go for anywhere from KD 400 to KD 1,000. They are human but also a hot commodity on the open market in Kuwait. If you’re too busy to visit the souq al khadam (maids’ market), you can even order them through Instagram or Twitter. The maids for cash trail starts in their countries of origin. Any woman who wants a domestic servant’s job in Kuwait must shell out several hundred dinars in their local currency to ‘recruiters’ who will arrange for them to be sent to maid agencies in Kuwait. The agencies add the woman’s headshot to their photo books and when prospective employers visit the office (or browse their Instagram galleries), they use the photos to pick out their future servants.

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March 8, 2015 at 10:33

Kuwait looking for new countries to hire domestic workers

Kuwait looking for new countries to hire domestic workers
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Kuwait: The Interior Ministry plans in coordination with the Foreign Ministry to open hiring of domestic helpers from new countries other than those that are sending laborers currently. The step is intended to help overcome the pressure put by some countries and embassies over workers’ wages, a high-ranking source at the Interior Ministry’s Residency Affairs Department said. The new countries will be announced after a study is completed at the National Assembly, the source said. They added that the study also includes increasing a worker’s trial period from 100 days to one year.

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