The Public Authority for Manpower transferred about 400 files to the Public Prosecution because of human trafficking, in addition to receiving 3,000 different complaints during the period of the Corona pandemic, most of which were based on non-payment of salaries to employers. Laborers.
The Deputy Director General for Manpower Protection, Dr. Mubarak Al-Azmi, told that “during the period of the Corona pandemic, we formed two crisis and emergency teams in addition to the existing inspection teams to monitor the conditions of expatriate workers. During this period, we received 3 thousand complaints, of which 2,300 were provided, assistance was provided to their owners. , In addition to urgent matters during this crisis, including the workers who wanted to return to their homelands, where we were able, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and Civil Aviation, to facilitate their return to their homelands, and their number is 800, in addition to the state’s deportation of violators.
Regarding the authority’s procedures for complaints of non-receipt of salaries, Al-Azmi explained that “with regard to salaries, we start by calling the employer through the Ministry of Interior and we try to reach friendly solutions and often we find cooperation from employers, so that we complete the process of workers receiving their salaries, and in the event that the matter develops. We did not find cooperation. We started to move on the perpetrator in coordination with the Ministry of Interior », explaining that all complaints are dealt with, whether they turn into a strike or remain a normal complaint.
He revealed that the authority delivered 1980 salary receipts during the pandemic period, because some employers found it difficult to communicate with workers, under these circumstances, and therefore we facilitate the handover process by making the delivery at the authority’s headquarters, pointing out that some employers refrained from having no salaries or Financial liquidity, and in this case we refer it to the judiciary, stressing that the most important thing is to stabilize workers’ rights and facilitate the process of their return to their home countries.
Regarding dealing with human trafficking complaints, Al-Azmi explained that “with the arrival of any complaints, we confirm the files in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, as we open the registered files to employers and there are problems regarding their employment,” indicating that “there are lines and communication with the Ministry of Interior to increase the investigation On the subject of suspicion of trafficking in residence or in human beings, ”indicating that the authority prepares documents related to these crimes and sends them to the Public Prosecution or the General Department of Investigations, pointing out that“ since the beginning of the crisis we have referred 400 files to the prosecution, and we are continuing to uncover any company or institution that may appear There is a suspicion of these crimes, and 3,000 files have been closed, between a normal closure or a referral to the prosecution for a crime.
He added that during the coming period, work will be done on the same pace and mechanism that the authority has worked with, during the last period, with a focus on the suspended files and their owners who have failed to review due to the seizures that the inspection teams constantly carry out, calling on employers who have labor problems to initiate their solution and complete the procedures Required because the authority will not fail to implement the law.
Facilities for the transfer of workers between “small enterprises”
The Director of the Public Authority for Manpower, Ahmed Al-Mousa announced that a circular was issued to manage the business owners service, in order to facilitate the owners of small and medium enterprises in light of the current circumstances, as they were allowed to conduct labor transfer transactions registered on small and medium enterprises to work for the owner of another small or medium enterprise, within the limits of A maximum of three workers registered on the file, without the requirement to attach a wage transfer certificate until the end of the current year, and a requirement that there be no suspension on the file, noting that these transactions will be carried out through a special record within the department with the approval of the Director of the Business Owners Service Department, and an undertaking is submitted From the owner of the project that includes his fulfillment of the rights of the workers registered with him.
Al-Mousa added that this circular ends at the end of the current year, while adhering to the controls set for the transfer of workers from a small or medium enterprise to another, referred to in Administrative Decision No. 712 of 2017 regarding the controls of transferring workers registered with the owners of small and medium enterprises. Which determined it after three years from the date of issuance of the work permit, that the transfer is with the owner of another small or medium enterprise, and that the need assessment allows the new employer to add new workers to his file