Wage arrears in the two construction companies of Nur-Sultan are 265 million tenge. The Minister of labor and social protection of the population of RK Birzhan Nurymbetov stated it during the meeting on problematic issues of labor relations in Kazakhstan on the example of individual enterprises of the capital.
The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of labor and social protection of the population of RK (hereinafter – MLSPP RK), the State revenue Committee of MF RK, akimat of Nur-Sultan, heads of enterprises of the capital.
"The main problem is the late payment of wages. Currently the amount of outstanding debt on a salary in 39 active enterprises of the Republic is 683 million tenge to 1.8 thousand workers. In the capital there are also heads of enterprises that ignore the requirements of the legislation and do not pay salaries to their employees for more than 2 months. This is, primarily, a construction company "Shar-Kurylys" LLP (206, 5 million tenge to 326 workers) and "GLB" LLP (59 million tenge to 10 employees), where the total debt amounts to 265 million tenge", – Birzhan Nurymbetov said,
Along with this, cases of prolonged wage arrears caused many conflicts in "Ryazanov bridge construction unit – 25" LLP. Today, the total amount of debt of this company along the republic is more than 30 million tenge, of which in Nur-Sultan 5 million tenge has not yet been paid and in September of this year employees again organized a protest action.
"The next problematic issue is the wages arrears at bankrupt enterprises. In the Republic in 86 enterprises debt to 2.3 thousand employees is 983 million tenge. Among them 4 bankrupt enterprises of Nur-Sultan have debts in the amount of 9.4 million tenge", - the Minister added.
Birzhan Nurymbetov also focused the attention of the audience on the prevention of social tension in society.
"Since the beginning of the year 3 fact of labor disputes occurred in the country (Atyrau region – 2 ("Sarens" LLP, "CCIP" LLP, West Kazakhstan region – "Sichim" LLP). The source of constant tension is the permanent conflicts emerging between Kazakh and foreign workers on the construction of the "Abu Dhabi Plaza" complex (General contractor – is "Arabtec CCL" company's subsidiary" LLP). Only this year, at the specified object there were 4 conflicts. Although they were domestic and interethnic in nature, their prerequisites were unequal working and living conditions of local and foreign workers", - the Minister said.
He also noted that MLSPP RK together with the General Procuracy initiated inspections in 63 enterprises of the country, attracting foreign workforce(hereinafter – FWF). Tests in the 38 companies have been already completed, 161 cases of disparities in wages were identified in 19 of them.
"The results of the inspections show that the facts of unequal conditions in the organization of local and foreign workers in the branch of the company "Arabtec CCL" were revealed in Nur-Sultan. There, foreign workers living in the hostel are provided with 3 times meal a day, the cost of which is about 2-3 thousand tenge, and local staff have lunch separately, they are provided only with compensation payments – 800 tenge. In addition, the facts of attracting foreign workers by employers to positions that do not correspond to the issued permit, as well as non-compliance with the requirements for the Kazakh content in the personnel were revealed. According to the results of the inspection, an order was issued to the state labor inspector", - Nurymbetov said.
The Minister stressed that due to the regular detection of violations related to the FWF, the MLSPP RK plans to take measures to reduce quotas and tighten the rules for issuing permits to attract foreign specialists.