Kuwait: Company owes KD 70,000 to its expat labourers

Labourers made to work without Residence Permit for 9 months.
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Scores of workers demonstrated in downtown Kuwaiti City in one of the towers because the company that hired them has allegedly failed to comply with the terms and conditions mentioned in the contract and violated their rights.

They said each of them paid an equivalent of KD 1,000 to get a job in Kuwait. They added, they were hired as car and motorcycle drivers and their job was to deliver ‘merchandise’. Although the workers arrived in the country about nine months ago, the company has yet to make their stay legal; this is in addition to other injustices they have been subjected to.

They pointed out after they went on strike the company officials closed their offices and instead of taking action challenged the workers to do what they can.

The workers have appealed to the government to intervene and help them get their rights. this includes their residence permit as well as the refund of the money. The labourers affirmed that they have not received any salary or support from the company since their arrival. They said they have all the documents to prove their rights.

The workers have filed a complaint with Disputes and Settlements Department of Public Authority for Manpower accusing the company of wrongdoing and are looking for a lawyer who can assist them to get their money which collectively amounts to about 70,000 dinars.

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