Kuwait parliament to hold emergency session on foreign workers

September 4th, 2008 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Sep 4 (IANS) Kuwait’s parliament will hold an emergency session Sep 10 to discuss the issue of foreign workers in that country. There are around 550,000 expatriate Indians in Kuwait.Parliament Speaker Jassim Al Kharafi told the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that several lawmakers had requested him to call the emergency session in view of a spate of strikes by foreign workers in recent times.

He said that steps would be taken Thursday to hold the session, and added that the government would be informed and invitations sent to the members of parliament.

According to the KUNA report, at least 35 members of parliament had Wednesday presented a request for an emergency session to review the foreign workers’ strikes.

The 50-member parliament is currently on its annual summer recess.

In their request, the lawmakers expressed fears that the strikes would be repeated, noting that the causes that led to the protests remained and radical solutions were necessary.

That Gulf city-state had seen a spate of violent strikes by foreign workers, especially Bangladeshis, demanding higher salaries in the last couple of months and crackdowns by authorities. A large number of Bangladeshi workers were also deported.

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