Em­ploy­ment pact for Filipino work­ers kicks in

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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.

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