MP wants mixed gyms closed within 2 weeks

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 13: Most likely prompted by video clips of male per­sonal train­ers work­ing with fe­male gym-go­ers that went vi­ral on var­i­ous so­cial net­work­ing plat­forms, MP Mo­hammed Al-Mu­tair, through his Twit­ter ac­count, urged Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try Khaled Al-Roud­han to ban mixed gyms like those found in ho­tels and re­sorts within the next two weeks “or else your re­moval will be­come a so­cial and moral obli­ga­tion”.

Agen­cies add:

With the fi­nal touches be­ing made by the Par­lia­ment’s Re­place­ment and Em­ploy­ment Cri­sis Com­mit­tee to its draft re­port on im­ple­men­ta­tion of the gov­ern­ment’s Kuwait­i­za­tion pol­icy to en­sure em­ploy­ment for Kuwaiti cit­i­zens, the pri­vate sec­tor’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in solv­ing the un­em­ploy­ment cri­sis and

im­ple­ment­ing the Kuwait­i­za­tion pol­icy has be­come the high­light of the is­sue, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

Chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee MP Khalil Al-Saleh re­vealed about a meet­ing that will be held next week to look into the draft re­port be­fore vot­ing on it, and then re­fer­ring it to the Par­lia­ment be­fore the start of the new leg­isla­tive term.

He high­lighted the im­por­tance of the pri­vate sec­tor’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in solv­ing the un­em­ploy­ment cri­sis in par­al­lel with the pass­ing of laws that will achieve job sta­bil­ity for Kuwaiti em­ploy­ees of the pri­vate sec­tor, en­sure ca­reer growth and change the gov­ern­ment’s sys­tem of em­ploy­ment.

The law­maker in­di­cated that it is ev­i­dent the gov­ern­ment prefers ex­pa­tri­ates at the ex­pense of cit­i­zens in the pub­lic sec­tor, es­pe­cially for non-tech­ni­cal work, due to which “im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion for the de­mo­graphic im­bal­ance prob­lem must be found be­cause it is the main fac­tor be­hind the em­ploy­ment dis­ar­ray that is be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in this coun­try.”

He said, “We are rec­om­mend­ing the em­ploy­ment of Kuwaiti con­sul­tants and com­pletely re­ject­ing the ap­point­ment of ex­pa­tri­ates due to the fact that, it is ap­par­ent that de­ci­sions are be­ing tai­lored in a man­ner that does not serve the cit­i­zens, in ad­di­tion to vi­o­la­tions of dis­miss­ing ex­pa­tri­ates such that they work in non-tech­ni­cal jobs for which their con­tracts are ex­tended be­yond the le­gal re­tire­ment age.”

Al-Saleh went on to say, “Part of the gen­eral rec­om­men­da­tion is that the gov­ern­ment bod­ies should be obliged to im­ple­ment the Kuwait­i­za­tion pol­icy im­me­di­ately, es­pe­cially with the in­crease in the num­ber of cit­i­zens look­ing for job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Re­cruit­ment of ex­pa­tri­ates for jobs for which their ex­per­tise is not needed must be ended. The clauses re­lated to re­cruit­ment through grat­i­fi­ca­tion and ser­vice en­gage­ment must be scru­ti­nized.”

He ex­plained that the fi­nal re­port on this mat­ter is based on two plans. The first one is a short-term plan that fo­cuses on re­duc­ing the num­ber of ex­pa­tri­ates in the pub­lic sec­tor, es­pe­cially those work­ing in the non-tech­ni­cal jobs, halt­ing the re­cruit­ment of ex­pa­tri­ates, and re­cruit­ing re­cently-grad­u­ated cit­i­zens within three months of their grad­u­a­tion.

The sec­ond plan is a long-term (fiveyear) plan that re­quires co­or­di­na­tion among var­i­ous rel­e­vant bod­ies. Its ob­jec­tive is to in­crease the per­cent­age of cit­i­zens work­ing in the pri­vate sec­tor.

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