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Electricians, plumbers must hold diplomas, says Fadhl

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KUWAIT: MP Nabeel Al-Fadhl yesterday submitted a proposal requiring that foreign electricians and plumbers should have at least diplomas in their profession to be able to get employment in the country. Fadhl proposed an amendment to the labor law in the private sector to include a precondition that electricians and plumbers must have diplomas well attested from their own countries and in Kuwait.

Labor authorities can however exempt them from the diploma requirement if they have an experience in the same field of at least five years and should undergo a training course for six years. Those who have an experience of under five years should undergo a training course for one year.

The labor authorities can exempt those who have five years of experience from the training course but they should pass written and practical exams. The proposal is not binding and requires the National Assembly labor committee and the National Assembly itself to approve it.

National Assembly speaker Marzouk Al-Ghanem in the meantime said that he will coordinate with the interior minister about the debate on the security situation which will be held in the Assembly Bureau. About 12 MPs had submitted a request to hold a special debate on the security measures in the country following the two suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia.

The Assembly however agreed to a proposal to hold the debate in the assembly bureau instead in the Assembly. Ghanem said he will fix the date of the debate after the coordination.

The Speaker also said that the Assembly will hold additional sessions on June 14 and 15 ahead of the regular sessions on June 16 and 17 in order to discuss and approve all the items on the agenda. The Assembly is scheduled to go into summer recess at the end of June for four months.

MP Abdulhameed Dashti meanwhile called on the new Commerce and Industry Minister Yousef Al-Ali to dismiss the ministry undersecretary “who has been brought into the post from outside the ministry and is serving certain interests”. The lawmaker also called on the minister to order an investigation in the “suspicious” relation between the ministry’s supplies department and the supplies company.


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