Kuwait allows salary cuts of employees amid coronavirus
Kuwait Cabinet approved in principle key amendments to the labor law in the private sector that allows employers to reduce salaries based on mutual agreement with employees.
However, several ministers quickly warned the government against any legislative changes that could undermine the rights of Kuwaiti citizens employed in the private sector.
Expatriates in Kuwait make up more than 90% of the private sector’s workforce.
So far around 250,000 workers are threatened with lay off if the repercussions of the current coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen as it is currently happening.
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a worrying turn in Middle East with more confirmed cases among expatriates.
Kuwait reported its highest daily number of cases with 526 cases detected in 24 hours, on Tuesday. This brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 5,804.