MP queries re­gard­ing va­lid­ity of Kuwaiti woman’s em­ploy­ment in oil sec­tor un­der tem­po­rary con­tract

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, June 14: MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei sent a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion to Min­is­ter of Oil and Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Bakheet Al-Rasheedi re­gard­ing the va­lid­ity of the ap­point­ment of a fe­male Kuwaiti em­ployee in the oil sec­tor un­der a tem­po­rary con­tract, re­ports Al-Anba daily.

In his ques­tion, MP Al-Tabtabaei said, “It has come to my knowl­edge that an em­ployee of Kuwait Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion (KPC) has been ap­pointed with­out fol­low­ing the pro­ce­dures al­lot­ted for the ap­point­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Ar­ti­cles 5 and 6 in chap­ter 3 of the tem­po­rary con­tract reg­u­la­tions, the con­tract pe­riod shall be one month re­new­able for a pe­riod not ex­ceed­ing six months for those whose ser­vices are needed. The em­ployee shall be paid a lump sum.

How­ever, there are those who con­tra­vene th­ese reg­u­la­tions by hir­ing em­ploy­ees for months and pay­ing them fixed salaries. This con­sti­tutes a bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of the pro­vi­sions of the reg­u­la­tions in ques­tion.

If the in­for­ma­tion is cor­rect, it in­di­cates the ex­is­tence of bias and fa­voritism to achieve per­sonal goals. This ne­ces­si­tates le­gal ac­count­abil­ity for the cor­rect­ness of the in­for­ma­tion, es­pe­cially since this vi­o­la­tion is ad­min­is­tra­tive and has se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial con­se­quences. Nec­es­sary le­gal ac­tion must be taken to stop wast­ing pub­lic money”.

There­fore, pro­vide me with the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion:1. What is the va­lid­ity be­hind the ap­point­ment of a Kuwaiti em­ployee as a lawyer in KPC un­der a tem­po­rary con­tract in 2017 with­out any in­ter­view or tests?

2. If such an ap­point­ment was made, please pro­vide us with the amount of the monthly salary and all the doc­u­ments re­lated to ap­point­ment in the in­sti­tu­tion.

3. What is the qual­i­fi­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence of the em­ployee? In which depart­ment is the em­ployee cur­rently work­ing?

4. When will the tem­po­rary ap­point­ment be ter­mi­nated? Which in­sti­tu­tion is the em­ployee plan­ning to go to af­ter the end of the tem­po­rary ap­point­ment pe­riod?

5. Why wasn’t the va­cancy for Kuwaiti can­di­dates an­nounced in the of­fi­cial gazette or other fo­rums?

6. Did the em­ployee pass tests on Ara­bic lan­guage? Was she tested? If not, give us the rea­sons.

7. What are the rea­sons for sub­ject­ing all the ap­pli­cants to strict re­cruit­ment pro­ce­dures and ex­clud­ing the afore­men­tioned em­ployee from the re­cruit­ment re­quire­ments im­posed on Kuwaitis?

8. What is the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the afore­men­tioned em­ployee and the re­cruit­ment direc­tor, es­pe­cially since both bear the same fam­ily name?

9. Who nom­i­nated and sought to ap­point the em­ployee in the in­sti­tu­tion? 10. Who is in charge of the Direc­tor of Em­ploy­ment and Com­pen­sa­tion?

11. What is the role of the Direc­tor of Em­ploy­ment and Com­pen­sa­tion in terms of the re­cruit­ment pro­ce­dures?

12. What work did the em­ployee from the time she was ap­pointed?

13. Did the com­pany in­tend to trans­fer the em­ployee to a law firm for her to work in the le­gal depart­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion and other oil com­pa­nies? This is one of the axes of our ques­tion­ing for the ex­is­tence of sus­pi­cion of ex­ploita­tion and vi­o­la­tion of the law.

In con­clu­sion, MP Al-Tabtabaei de­manded a list of all staff mem­bers ap­pointed in this man­ner since May 2013 till date, as well as a list of names of all em­ploy­ees who per­formed the re­cruit­ment pro­ce­dures for the above­men­tioned em­ployee.

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