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No salary since February for hundreds working in Kuwait - Kuwait Times

No salary since February for hundreds working
in Kuwait
12/06/2021

By Nawara Fattahova
KUWAIT: Hundreds of security guards, porters and cleaners working at public institutions
haven’t received their salaries since February. All of these employees work in the public sector
but are employed by a private company that has a contract with these public institutions and is
in charge of paying their salaries.
“I haven’t received my salary for the past three months and am surviving on charity. Also, my
family back in Egypt is suffering as I couldn’t send them money all these months and they
depend on me. I didn’t file a case against the employer at the shuoon (labor department) as
I’m afraid that I may be deported,” a security guard working at a location of the Public
Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources told Kuwait Times.
The security guard, who preferred to remain anonymous, said he has been working in Kuwait
for the past 16 years. “I’m working with the same company since I came to Kuwait. They were
paying properly, but during the last two years, they began delaying the payment of our
salaries, but were still paying. But since February they stopped paying,” he explained. Around
300 guards, porters and cleaners working for the company at PAAAFR have not received their
salaries since February.
Another employee from Bangladesh who serves tea and coffee at a Jahra municipal office and
employed by the same company said he hasn’t received his salary since March. “Although I
haven’t received my salary for the past two months, I am surviving as I have a part-time job.
But I wasn’t able to send money to my family back home,” he said.
According to the employee, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal or deportation,
around 100 employees working at the Jahra municipal office haven’t been paid since March.
“These employees are employed by the same company and work as porters, office boys and
security guards. They are mostly from Bangladesh, India and Egypt, with salaries of between
KD 150 to KD 200,” he explained.

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