Workers’ arrears paid in full after matter brought to government’s notice

Workers arrears paid in full after matter brought to  government’s notice

QNA Doha

The salaries of all the employees, who on August 4 staged a peaceful protest in the Sheehaniya area demanding their wages of three months, have been paid in full within two days of the matter coming to the notice of the authorities, it was announced on yesterday.

A statement issued by the Government Communications Office (GCO) said an investigation was launched immediately after the guest workers “conducted a peaceful strike in response to the non-payment of salaries by their employers in May, June and July 2019”.

Following the investigation, the authorised signatories of the two companies in question were arrested and it was found that salaries had been delayed following a period of negative cash flow at both companies, caused by non-payments elsewhere in the supply chain.

“By August 6, 2019, after consultation with all stakeholders, the outstanding salaries of all workers were paid in full through the Wage Protection System (WPS),” the GCO said.

“Workers also have the right to change their employer due to the violation of Qatar’s labour laws. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) is co-ordinating with all workers who choose to exercise this legal right,” the statement said.

“The Government of Qatar is committed to improving the Wage Protection System to ensure that workers’ wages are paid on time and that wage arrears are systematically settled.”

The GCO said ADLSA continues to conduct its programme of workshops throughout Qatar to raise awareness of the complaint mechanisms in place for guest workers. “If a worker identifies a workplace violation, they are encouraged to lodge a complaint at a Government Service Center or at one of Qatar’s complaint kiosks.

“The Government of Qatar places the utmost importance on strengthening the rights of its guest workers and ensuring that all companies respect these rights and adhere to Qatar’s labour laws,” the statement added

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Work time bans in open areas from today in Qatar – Ministry to intensify inspections on summer

Work time bans in open areas from today in Qatar – Ministry to intensify inspections on summer

Starting from today (15th June 2019), the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) will intensify inspections on work sites to ensure companies comply with the summer hours work ban rule, according to a report in the local daily Qatar Tribune.

Qatar’s stringent labour laws ban companies from sending their workers to operate in open areas from 11:30 am to 3 pm during the summer months. The Work time ban comes into effect from today (15th of June).

ADLSA inspectors will also check on the air- conditioning system in the resting places for labourers, during the noon break. Hefty fines and/or even a total closure can be imposed on companies that do not comply with this law. Inspectors have the authority to close down the working site for up to one month for violations. Companies have been notified to clearly display the working time schedules for the benefit of their workers and ADLSA inspectors.

Ministry to intensify inspections on summer - Work time bans in open areas from today -

Ministry to intensify inspections on summer. Work time bans in open areas from today. Image Source: @ADLSAQA

Meanwhile, according to QNA, Qatar is participating in the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference, which is currently being held in the Swiss capital, Geneva, with a delegation headed by HE Yousef bin Mohamed al-Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The conference, which includes representatives of the ministry, employers, and workers, will continue until 21st June.

It will include a number of committees to discuss international conventions and standards. And also the commitment of these countries to these conventions. Additionally, it will also discuss a draft convention against violence and harassment and the draft declaration of the centenary celebration of the International Labour Organisation.

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‘Summer in Qatar’ program started from today the 4th of June and runs until 16th of August 2019.

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