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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Qatar FM briefs Indian leaders on Gulf crisis

Qatar FM briefs Indian leaders on Gulf crisis

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani sent yesterday a written message to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pertaining to the bilateral relations and means to develop them.

The message was delivered by HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani during a meeting with Modi in New Delhi.

Earlier, the foreign minister held talks with India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

They discussed bilateral relations and the means to enhance them as well as the latest developments in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The foreign minister stressed Qatar’s commitment to counter terrorism, as well as to co-ordinating co-operation in international events.

He updated his Indian counterpart on the latest developments of the GCC crisis and the illegal measures taken against Qatar.

The minister also expressed his appreciation of India’s neutral position on the crisis, which calls for dialogue.
According to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry, the issue of Indian workers’ welfare came up for discussion during meeting between Sheikh Mohamed and Swaraj.

HE Sheikh Mohamed assured India about “the continued safety, welfare and well-being of the Indian community and briefed the Indian side about new labour laws in Qatar which favour expatriate workers,” ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

“During the meeting, the Qatari side welcomed the participation of Indian companies through project exports in Qatar’s infrastructure development, including for the ongoing FIFA 2022-related infrastructure, which was welcomed by the Indian side,” the statement said.

Sheikh Mohamed “was briefed about India’s position that peace and security in the Gulf are of paramount importance for the continued progress and prosperity of the region,” the statement added.

“Terrorism, violent extremism and religious intolerance pose grave threat not only to the regional stability but also to the global peace and order. India is of the view that parties should resolve their differences through a process of constructive dialogue and peaceful negotiations,” it added.

The foreign minister separately met with India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, the statement said.

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