KUWAIT: More than 1,200 contract oil workers, all expats, who downed tools and stopped work Monday over unpaid allowances ended the strike yesterday. The men all work on a KOC project site in Rawdatain, northern Kuwait.
The Ministry of Labor’s Public Authority for Manpower convinced the workers to return to work after the company agreed to pay them their dues.
Industrial action including strikes and work stoppages by expatriates are illegal in Kuwait. Abdullah Al-Mutawteh, Deputy General Manager for Manpower Protection, stated yesterday that the authority exerted great efforts to make the laborers end their strike. “The evaluation and follow up inspector of the work relations department Salem Al- Ajmi, the head of the collective conflicts department Mohammed Al-Azmi, and head of the conflicts department in Jahra Radaan Al-Hajiri went to the location this morning [Tuesday] to resolve the conflict peacefully,” he noted.
“The company employing these workers promised to agree to all demands of the workers. The authority will follow up this case to make sure that the company fulfills its promises in order to protect the rights of the workers, and on the other hand organize the labor market,” added Mutawteh.
By Nawara Fattahova