The Monitor and Follow-up Unit of Labor Rights in Kuwait issued its report on the status of workers' rights in Kuwait for the last third of last year 2018.
The report touched the reality of labor in Kuwait by monitoring what is happening within the field of work of legal and administrative changes, negative and positive, and reading the dimensions of these changes on migrant workers and its impact on the State of Kuwait and its economic vision and foreign policy.
The report, titled "Kuwait is progressing", stated that, in a remarkable improvement, as the reporting period witnessed the emergence of intensive efforts to combat human trafficking crimes after the disclosure of the presence of fictitious companies and non- headquarter ones, as well as the announcement of the allocation of labor cities in a workshop which is the first of its kind under the title "Disruption of the demographics of private housing."
Kuwait witnessed other important events in order to protect and guarantee the rights of workers in Kuwait, as the government and the ILO signed the first national program of decent work in the country which aimed at improving the skills of migrant workers and promoting social dialogue and labor market organization. The Public Authority for Labor Force held an expanded meeting to reorganize migrant workers and expressed its keenness to deal with the situation of irregular workers and to apply the law to owners of companies that are proved to be violating laws and regulations especially after the arrest of a gang that falsifies the code numbers of the institutions for 1000 dinars per transaction, to facilitate the extraction of licenses of fictitious companies and human trafficking.
On the other hand, The Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee of the Kuwaiti Parliament proposed a text requiring the Council of Ministers to "determine the percentage of quota for each community not exceeding 10% of the number of Kuwaitis. This requires the Ministry of the Interior to suspend the granting of residency to any community beyond this percentage and take the necessary measures within three years equivalent to 140 thousand for each community as the population of Kuwait is 1,404,745 according to the census of the daily population.
The monitoring report is one of the activities the Unit of Monitor and Follow-up of Labor Rights in Kuwait affiliate Kuwait Society for Human Rights. The Unit was established as an activity of the project “Support for Migrant Labor in Kuwait”, which was implemented by the Society in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in 2018.