Project owners and companies evade correcting the status of foreign workers
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The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs stated that most entrepreneurs and private sector companies evade correcting the status of foreign workers in the country for fear of being included in social security and employment.
The Director of the Foreigners Department in the Labor and Vocational Training Department of the Ministry of Labor, Ziyad Mahmoud, said in a statement to "Al-Sabah" that the ministry set last March a period of 54 days to correct the situation of foreign workers in the country, and during the past two weeks, the turnout of entrepreneurs and private sector companies was weak and below the level of the ministry's ambition. The aim is to end this file, as the number of correction requests reached 775, 101 of which are for housekeepers and 674 for workers in the private sector, pointing out that the ministry has set conditions that any foreign worker whose situation is corrected is matched by the employment of an Iraqi worker in the same project and is covered by social security, and this matter made The owners of these projects evade settling and correcting the conditions of foreign workers working for them in the country for fear that their projects will be covered by the guarantee
He added that the ministry identified among its priorities the employment of national labor and the provision of opportunities for all young people looking for work in all economic and investment projects in the country, noting that foreign labor, especially Syrians entering the country through the Kurdistan region, is not covered by the correction procedures because the residency department in the Ministry of Interior does not have any Information about that labor, and you cannot grant them security approvals, because there is no direct link between the residency departments in the central government and the region, so the latter is the one that undertakes the process of correcting the status of that labor in
Mahmoud indicated that the ministry has hundreds of thousands of job seekers registered in its database of graduates, pointing to the importance of activating the role of skilled workers, who in turn will move the labor market, especially those who have been trained in the training centers of the ministry.
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