Employment pact for Filipino workers kicks in
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 13: The agreement on the employment of Filipino workers in Kuwait comes into force today after being ratified Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid who signed for Kuwait, and Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano, represented the Philippine side, reports Annahar daily.
The agreement stipulates a number of responsibilities imposed to both parties. The Kuwaiti employer is forbidden to keep any documents or identification documents of the domestic worker, especially the passport, which is the property of the Philippine government and should not be in the possession of the employer.
The agreement also guarantees rights of each worker to food, housing, clothing and registration in the health insurance covering his/her illness or work injury. The employer is under obligation to compensate the worker for work injuries and transfer the remains to the Philippines in the event of death of the worker and pay wages for the full month during which the worker died and other rights provided for in Kuwaiti law.
The agreement allows domestic workers to own and use mobile phones and other means of communication to communicate with their families and the government of their country and prevents the employers from confiscating the same.
The employer shall open a bank account in the name of the
A silhouette of Kuwait City’s skyline. (Mohammad Sobhi – KUNA)
This undated photo shows Rosemary Alexander in her garden. Rosemary Alexander is in Kuwait this week to open the Kuwaiti-British Floral Art Exhibition which will coincide with the start of a yearlong celebration to mark the 120th anniversary of the British-Kuwaiti Friendship Treaty.
domestic worker and provide an appropriate opportunity for the transfer of monthly salary to the Philippines as stipulated in the contract.
The agreement states that upon renewal of the contract after its completion at the request of the parties or the transfer of the worker’s residence to another employer, two copies of the bilateral contract approved in Kuwait between the worker and the new employer shall be released.
The US donated the reactor to Iran in 1967.
The White House’s national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US Embassy, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
The request by the National Security Council, which is led by John Bolton, sparked deep concern among Pentagon and State Department officials, the newspaper reported, citing current and former US officials.
The Pentagon complied with the request, but it is not known whether the options for an Iran strike were also provided to the White House or if Trump knew about it.
The decision to seek options striking Iran was prompted by an incident in September in which three mortars were fired into a diplomatic quarter in Baghdad, the newspaper said. The shells landed in an open lot and no one was hurt.
State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo did not comment on the story when asked about it by reporters and a State Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
A Pentagon spokesman did not have any immediate comment on the story and the White House and National Security Council could not be immediately reached.
A spokesman for the National Security Council was quoted in the Wall Street Journal, however, as saying: “We continue to review the status of our personnel following attempted attacks on our embassy in Baghdad and our Basra consulate, and we will consider a full range of options to preserve their safety and our interests.”
Angered by Pompeo’s announcement that Poland will host an international conference on Iran in mid-February, Iranian authorities on Sunday summoned Warsaw’s top diplomat in the country and called off a Polish film festival.