Head of the Kuwaiti Federation of Owners of Domestic Labor Offices Khaled Al-Dakhnan affirmed that 85 percent of the domestic labor offices are empty of applications for weeks due to their reliance on the recruitment of Filipino domestic workers who are currently suspended by authorities in the Philippines after the recent death of a Filipino worker, adding the sector is in a real crisis that could lead to the closure of many offices in case the suspension lasts for more than two months, reports Al-Anba daily.
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At the monthly union meeting of the office owners, Al- Dukhnan said the majority of domestic labor offices are currently empty, except for some applications of Sri Lankan citizens,
but they are in small numbers, and advance in age (up to forty years old), which may not satisfy the Kuwaiti employers.
He explained that Sri Lankan domestic workers are advance in age, because most of Kuwait’s neighboring countries pay higher commission to the export offices in Sri Lanka to get youthful laborers.
He hopes the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs would move quickly to resolve the current crisis through dialogue with relevant authorities in the Philippines, noting the crisis witnessed in the sector at present is a natural result of Kuwait’s reliance on one main country in the recruitment of workers, which is the Philippines.
He pointed out that the union has requested time and time again to open new countries and diversify the sources of recruitment to no avail.
With regard to the current cost of domestic labor at present, Al-Dakhnan said
“indeed, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a decision in the past few days to maintain the higher price ceiling at 990 dinars, and I expect the decision will not open the way for the development of domestic labor sector in Kuwait, especially with the domestic labor exporting countries’ decision to increase the prices of recruiting trained workers.
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