The first step towards replacing ex-pats with Kuwaitis, taken the Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Walid Al Jasim, has led to popular and parliamentary support, amid calls for similar steps in all sectors across the country, to get rid of unproductive manpower.
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While Al Jasim’s decision to suspend appointing expatriates and replace those present in the municipality stirred the stagnant water on the issue of Kuwaitisation, sources close to the marginal jobs’ file revealed a “containment” government plan to reduce these jobs as a first step, to be followed by serious other steps mainly laws envisaged to put an end to the “unreasonable increase” in the proportion of ex-pats, who exceeded 70 per cent of the Kuwati population.
The sources confirmed that the replacement will come, and its application in government jobs will be more effective
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 labour as they do not work for their sponsors and work for daily wages.
The sources said that, in addition to marginal workers and residency violators, there is also the 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
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