Posted On - 12/01/2012
January 11 – A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) and Kuwait Trade Union Federation(KTUF) on Bilateral Co-operation aiming to improve protection of Nepalese workers in Kuwait.
Tens of thousands of Nepalese workers leave their country to work in Kuwait in a search of better work. Their migration process is facilitated by the hundreds of agencies in Nepal brokering Nepalese migrant labor for the Gulf, promising workers significantly higher wages and better working conditions. Many are deceived and face abuses that can amount to forced labor and include denial of the right to organise and to bargain collectively, contract substitution, non- or late payment of wages, limitations on the freedom of movement and coercion through retention of passports and threats of denunciation, long working hours, unsafe working conditions etc.
Therefore, GEFONT, representing Nepalese workers in Nepal and the KTUF, defending workers’ right and interests in Kuwait are joining forces to improve protection of the large number of Nepalese workers in Kuwait, signed MoU aiming to improve protection of Nepalese Migrant Workers in Kuwait.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) coordinates a Special Action Plan on Migrant Workers to support trade unions worldwide to reach out to migrant workers, mainly through bilateral cooperation between trade unions in countries of origin and destination.
The MOU has been signed by GEFONT Secretary Dep. of Foreign Affairs Comrade Ramesh Badal and KTUF President comrade Faiez Ali Almutairi representing respective Confederations.