‘Oil Tankers’ union sup­ports ‘Gulf Oil’ staff de­mands

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

Head of the work­ers union at Kuwait Oil Tankers Com­pany (KOTC) an­nounced the union’s sup­port and par­tic­i­pa­tion with work­ers of Kuwait Gulf Oil Com­pany (KGOC) in all mea­sures the union is tak­ing. Mu­tairi ex­pressed re­gret over the lat­est de­vel­op­ments with KOGC work­ers and the dead­lock in ne­go­ti­a­tions, which may lead to un­cer­tain re­sults. He said KGOC gave of­fi­cial un­der­tak­ings not to ap­ply the bio­met­ric based em­ployee time clocks for work­ers at the joint Khafji op­er­a­tions in the di­vided zone, un­til the sys­tem is im­ple­mented for all work­ers of other oil com­pa­nies.

Mu­tairi said that among the aims of la­bor unions is to care for the work­ers’ in­ter­ests and im­prove their fi­nan­cial and so­cial con­di­tions. He said we are keen on see­ing our na­tional econ­omy im­prove as well as our oil pro­duc­tion but within the laws and in­ter­na­tional treaties. Mu­tairi found it strange for the com­pany not to ne­go­ti­ate with the union to re­solve the work­ers’ is­sues, and won­dered when em­ploy­ers will un­der­stand the role unions play.

He said that work­ers’ de­mands must be con­sid­ered se­ri­ously and KGOC must re­spect the rules that reg­u­late the re­la­tion­ship be­tween it and the union, as well as signed agree­ments, and stay away from abus­ing the rights of work­ers and con­tain the cri­sis that is grow­ing daily. There must be a so­lu­tion, he added.

Mul­let fish­ing

Pres­i­dent of Kuwait Fish­er­men’s Union Tha­her Al-Suwayan said there is a rise in the num­bers of blue-spot mul­let fish, along with an in­crease in de­mand. He said cus­tomers come to the mar­ket early to buy fresh mul­let, but some gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties for­bid its sale un­til the auc­tion, which takes place af­ter Asr prayers. Mul­let used to be sold all day long with­out any auc­tion, but a new sys­tem banned that. He said some con­sumers won­der why the sale is de­layed un­til af­ter Asr, al­though the fish is avail­able in the mar­ket. Suwayan said ar­eas where fish­ing mul­let is al­lowed are east of Ouha, Miskan, Failaka and Boubyan is­lands, where the fish is rare, while it is abun­dant in Kuwait Bay, where fish­ing is banned.

Health li­censes

Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil mem­ber and pres­i­dent of the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee Fahd Al-Sane said the com­mit­tee rec­om­mended the ap­proval of his pro­posal to add new ac­tiv­i­ties to the com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties that re­ceive health li­censes from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Sane said the com­mit­tee ap­proved the first south­ern zone and the fifth re­gional zone as men­tioned in the stud­ies of the ex­ec­u­tive depart­ment which al­lo­cated the lo­ca­tions of land in both ar­eas.

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