Chamber of Commerce calls for the return of expatriate workers
Chamber of Commerce calls for the return of expatriate workers

She touched on the efforts and endeavors made by the Chamber at the Public Authority for Manpower, to address the challenges left by the Commission’s Resolution No. 520 of 2020, which prohibits the issuance of a work permit for those who have reached the age of sixty years and over for holders of a high school diploma or less and the equivalent certificates, as it is no longer The employer can retain the experienced and skilled workers from them, and the committee reviewed the outcome of the discussions in the Supreme Advisory Committee for Labor Affairs, regarding imposing a fee of two thousand dinars to renew work permits for this category of workers in addition to comprehensive health insurance.

 

The committee confirmed that the "chamber" has spared no effort to reduce the proposed renewal fee, until it was agreed on the aforementioned fee.

The committee also called for the necessity to allow the recruitment of workers abroad with valid residency permits, as well as facilitate the issuance of new work permits, similar to allowing the recruitment of domestic workers, in the interest of preserving inflation levels and labor wages in the Kuwaiti market.

The committee addressed Administrative Decision No. 142 of 2021 issued by the Public Authority for Manpower, which allows transferring work permits for expatriate workers employed locally in all sectors, subject to the approval of the employer, with the exception of workers registered on contracts, government projects and small and medium enterprises. It also discussed the experiences of Gulf countries and their mechanisms in regulating the process of entry and exit of expatriate workers, and ways to benefit from these experiences locally, in a way that does not restrict the freedom of the worker or harm the rights of the employer.