Dis­abled Author­ity staff protest out­side in­ter­fer­ence, low salaries

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Faten Omar

A num­ber of em­ploy­ees of the Public Author­ity for the Dis­abled (PAD) staged a brief protest yes­ter­day at the PAD head­quar­ters. “The protest will be for an hour be­cause we are pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vices to the com­mu­nity and we can­not dis­rupt them,” said Nasser AlShe­limi, head of the PAD work­ers’ union. He stressed that “any dis­rup­tion of the author­ity is dis­rupt­ing the in­ter­ests of the dis­abled, and we just want to de­liver our de­mands through the me­dia.”

The sit-in was held af­ter an­other protest in Irada Square that was at­tended by a num­ber of MPs, who had promised them that they will ques­tion Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor Hind Al-Subaih and de­mand the res­ig­na­tion of the di­rec­tor of the PAD, but they did not do so. “Hand­i­cap signs and plates some­times take up to three months to get ready,” com­plained an ac­tivist.

Head of the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Author­ity Nawaf Al-Suwait said: “We al­ways won­der why the prob­lem is al­ways at the PAD? The an­swer is sim­ple - the flaw lies in the lack of ac­ti­va­tion of ar­ti­cle 27 of the dis­abil­i­ties act, for which the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad AlSabah should be held re­spon­si­ble.”“The ar­ti­cle says that the prime min­is­ter is the one who will su­per­vise and not the min­is­ter of so­cial af­fairs and la­bor,” he said. Suwait pointed out that Subaih pre­vi­ously had dis­agree­ments with her em­ploy­ees in the min­istry and the author­ity, adding that PAD em­ploy­ees are paid low salaries.

The deputy gen­eral man­ager for ed­u­ca­tional and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive ser­vices at the spe­cial needs author­ity Ma­jid AlSaleh said that his author­ity has been in­creas­ing the num­ber of em­ploy­ees to serve peo­ple with spe­cial needs. “We did not and will not be late in serv­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and we will al­ways fa­cil­i­tate their pa­per­work in the fastest time,” he said.

The PAD em­ploy­ees’ de­mands are to stop out­side in­ter­fer­ence in the work and func­tions of PAD, stop mak­ing ar­bi­trary per­son­nel de­ci­sions, stop get­ting peo­ple for PAD su­per­vi­sory va­can­cies from out­side be­cause they al­ready have ex­per­tise within the body, and raise em­ploy­ees’ salaries.

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