Kuwait

The Solidarity Center supports Kuwaiti unions’ active role in cross-regional collaborations, as well as capacity building programs for Kuwait Trade Union Federation (KTUF) affiliates in the civil service and oil sectors.

Kuwait is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional economic and trade alliance formed in 1981. Some 35,000 civil service and oil sector members belong to the Kuwait Trade Union Federation (KTUF). Established in the 1960s, the KTUF is composed of nine affiliated public-sector unions and six oil sector unions. As Kuwait moves toward economic reform and restructuring, trade unions are confronting the possibility of fundamental change to job security in the public sector.

The KTUF is an important actor at the national policy level, maintaining a vigorous presence in deliberations on proposed labor law reform, economic restructuring, trade union rights and democratic freedoms. Restricted freedom of association, gender- and nationality-based discrimination and inadequate legal protections are cross-regional challenges affecting each of the GCC States. Recognizing these challenges, GCC trade unionists have often collaborated to advance cross-regional solutions.