Kuwait City, Oct 8: After 9 months of its implementation, and thousands of workers were affected and left the labor market, the Fatwa and Legislation Department blew up yesterday a heavy-caliber surprise, that the government made a grave mistake when issuing its decision to ban work permits for expatriates over the age of 60, which began to be implemented since the beginning of last January.
The head of the Fatwa and Legislation Department, Counselor Salah Al-Masad, said – in response to a request for legal opinion submitted by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman: The government error in the decision is that it was issued based on a canceled decision, which means that the decision to ban work permits for expatriates over 60 who hold secondary certificates Below that, it is not legally sound.
According to the opinion of the “fatwa”, the decision issued by the Director General of the Public Authority for Manpower was issued by a person not competent to issue it.
Since its issuance, the decision has affected a large segment of business owners and workers in the country with great, and caused a state of instability, with the labor market losing many experienced people.
In this context, statistics obtained by Al-Qabas showed that 4,013 expatriates in their sixties left the labor market within only six months of implementing the decision.
A security source revealed to Al-Qabas that the category of 60 covered by the decision whose residency has been revoked, and who are outside the country, do not apply to the new decision if it is amended. The source said that a distinction must be made between those in the country who are over 60 years old, and those can be renewed whenever instructions came to open the door for that.