Kuwaitization: Over 600,000 Marginal Workers To Be Sacked In Kuwait
The Kuwait government has decided to intense the process of ‘Kuwaitisation’ of its employment sector. The step was taken by Walid Al Jasim, the minister for Municipal Affairs in Kuwait, His proposal has got widespread recognition. Earlier the minister has laid out a step to replace expats in the municipal jobs.
As per reports, both legal and illegal marginal workers will loss their jobs in the country. They said the marginal workers, both legal and illegal, exceeded 600,000, according to the latest statistics, the number of violators of residency who were granted a one month grace period to leave the country without paying any fines incurred by them, amounts to 168,000, in addition to more than 400,000 who can be considered marginal labor as they do not work for their sponsors and work for daily wages.
The top authorities in the government is of opinion that in addition to marginal workers and residency violators, there is also workforce that can be replaced, which is non-technical workers who are hired by the government and the private sector, but they often perform office work.
The sources added the replacement of foreign workers in the government sector will be applied within three months after coronavirus dissipates, as expatriates will be screened in the government sector, and whoever is hired by the outsourcing system in non-technical jobs will be laid off, and those who work with contracts will not have their contracts renewed, regardless of their positions, especially advisers in government agencies.
The sources pointed out that government sectors will develop educational and training programs to qualify Kuwaiti youth to fill up specialized jobs.
MP Safa Al Hashem said she supports the application of the quota system on condition that the number of a people of one community does not exceed 100,000, calling for suspending hiring of expatriates into sensitive positions and their control of the government decision.
“It is unacceptable that Kuwaitis account for less than 30 per cent of the population,” she said.
Kuwaiti MP has also called for expats to be charged “for the air they breathe” and proposed a 10-year limit on their stay in the country.
Technical jobs in the ministries of education and health will be filled up by talents from different countries, and not focusing on specific countries, explaining that the Ministry of Education will hire teachers from Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia and Mauritania, while the Ministry of Health will recruit doctors from India and Pakistan.
The sources said new laws, to be introduced soon, will put an end to the excessive increase in a number of communities, and that the quota system will be implemented, so that the largest community will not exceed 20 per cent of the number of expatriates, and members of one community will not dominate any proportion.