Kuwait - Threats to terminate employment for participating in union activities (2013)

Threats to terminate workers for participating in union activities were made by the chief of the highest legislative body of the Kuwaiti Government. In March 2012, a senior state official, Al-Saraawi, head of the Religious Edict and Legislation Department, suggested that protesting workers from the Customs Department and Kuwait Airways be dismissed en masse for participating in a week long work stoppage. Al-Saraawi stated that the government may take disciplinary measures against workers whose strike has a negative impact on the interests of the public. Abdurrahman Al-Sumait, Head of the National Union of Kuwait Workers and Employees, expressed his disappointment at the statements which violate international obligations signed by Kuwait.

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