The limits of the 'welfare state': Ethiopians face dismal work conditions in Kuwait
Scores of Ethiopians demonstrated in front of Labor Office in the Capital Governorate against their cleaning company demanding labor and legal rights, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
The laborers were accompanied by one of the officials at the Ethiopian embassy. A complaint has also been filed with the Ministry of Social Affairs And Labor.
According to the complaint the laborers work for between 12 and 16 hours daily and they are not paid overtime money.
In addition they are also not given a weekly day off. To add insult to injury the company is reportedly deducting KD 10 from their salary every month for unknown reasons. The embassy official noted about 1,800 Ethiopian laborers face deportation or can even lose their jobs for demanding their rights.
She noted the law which permits for transfer of residence after three years of work with the sponsor is largely ineffective.