By Sarah Townsend
Demonstrators claimed not to have received their salary in eight months
Four hundred cleaners in Kuwait went on strike on Tuesday claiming not to have been paid in eight months.
The cleaners staged a demonstration outside the headquarters of Kuwait’s Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) in Adailiya.
Around 1,100 cleaners reportedly work for four companies that have contracts with PAAET, for a monthly salary of KD60 ($198) each.
According to the Kuwait Times, demonstrators claimed not to have received their salary in eight months, and have resorted to procuring food and supplies from students at PAAET as a result.
They claimed to have tried to contact officials in vain, and other attempts to resolve the situation have failed, the newspaper said.
At the demonstration on Tuesday a PAAET official eventually talked to the workers and it was reported he asked them to go back to work and promised their matter would be taken up with their companies.
It is due to a handful of unscrupulous people that Kuwait's reputation is tarnished. The Human Rights volunteers take advantage of such situations, and rate Kuwait based wholly on these incidents. The good that Kuwait does and the hospitality that expatriates enjoy in this beautiful country are simply marred due to the mistakes of a minority of ruthless people.
Given most people would be too frightened to strike, I'd say that 400 cleaners taking part in an official protest should suggest this isn't a minority issue.
A "handful" of people tarshing Kuwait's reputation. Thsi is the tip of the iceberb.....