Mr. Khalid Al Hamidi Al Ajmi - Chairman of Kuwait Society for Human Rights received a delegation of ILO at the headquarters of the Society. The delegation was of Mr. Hans van de Ghlind - Senior Migration Specialist, Ms. Jumana Karam - Programs Officer, Ms. Dina El Behairi – Coordinator of Labor Organization in Kuwait, and Mr. Jaber Ali Al- Ali - National Coordinator of the project of strengthening the capacity of the ILO Public Authority for the labor force.
During the meeting, Mr. Van de Ghlind reviewed the significant role played by the ILO in Labor rights protection. He also referred to the programs implemented by the ILO in the Arab region and its importance in helping to prevent human trafficking and forced labor and to protect the Labor rights, including migrant workers, from the abusive and fraud practices during the process of service (including advanced selection, transportation, appointment, and the possibility of return).
Mr. Ghlind confirmed that Kuwait has come a long way to protect labor rights through creating laws of household labor, unified contract and other procedures that contribute to the protection of labor rights.
Furthermore, Mr. Khalid Al Hamidi Al Ajmi presented the society's work in spreading and educating workers about their rights as well as monitoring any violations they might be exposed to. He said that the Kuwaiti labor law is one of the most protecting laws of labor rights in the area but the problem lied in the mal application of it.
He also mentioned that the administrative deportation has still represented the most abusive violation of workers in Kuwait, where the deportee is not allowed to raise a complaint against the decision to deport him or give him enough time to finish all of the financial commitments and obligations… etc. And that is against the law and the international agreements and treaties.
Al Ajmi added that the Society is still receiving dozens of complaints in this regard, which most of them contain the suspicion of abuse using of the granted powers despite the fact that there are many disciplinarian alternatives can be taken. That caused injustice and clear violation to the deportees.
He also pointed out that the procedures followed by the Public Authority for Labor Force concerning the reports of absenteeism do not have any guarantees to protect the worker. When an inspector moves to the facility headquarters to check on the presence of the worker, the worker may be in a different location of the company determined by the facility employer. Then the inspector's report is delivered to the administration and, on which, an absenteeism report is edited against the worker. That report addressing the Ministry of Interior may disregard the fact and the worker has no idea about it.
Al Ajami called for cooperation between the Public Authority for labor force and the embassies in Kuwait to notify each embassy of the workers who have absenteeism, and thereby, this would be as another guarantee that the absenteeism report has reached the worker.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Idrees Al Kandari - Vice Chairman, the lawyer Mohammed Thaar Al-Otaibi - Chairman of the Complaints Committee and Mr. Sahl Al Junaid - Projects and Programs Manager, and Mr. Saleh Al Hassan - legal scholar of the Society.