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Qatar makes efforts to support rights of expatriate workers

Preparations are on to introduce minimum wage for workers in Qatar, said Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi, the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.

This would be done by taking into account the adequacy of wage level in providing for basic needs of workers and enabling them to live at an appropriate humanitarian level.

The statements were made during a meeting of HE the Minister with Ambassadors and Heads of diplomatic missions in Qatar.

He emphasized that the State was in the process of taking more measures in support of the rights of expatriate workers, including establishment of employment support fund, which would enable payment of overdue wages to workers in cases where employers delayed the payments for any reason.

The project is now undergoing legislative procedures. It was revealed that the total number of beneficiaries of Wage Protection System (WPS) so far is 2.47mn, while the total number of companies registered in the system till date is 49,389.

The information was provided as the Minister reviewed the efforts of Qatar in promoting and guaranteeing the rights of workers through legislation and latest developments in the field of protection and care of the rights of expat workers, particularly, Law No.1 of 2015, which introduced the Wage Protection System in Qatar.

Under the WPS, the companies are obliged to transfer the salaries of all workers, through the system to their accounts in any financial institution of the state. The law punishes companies that delay or refrain from paying salaries.

Meanwhile, Dr. Al-Nuaimi said that the Ministry has signed 36 bilateral deals and five MoUs with countries exporting labour, to provide basic legal protection for expat workers before bringing them to Qatar.

Pointing to Law No.21 of 2015, he said that regulating entry and exit of expats and their residence, granted workers the freedom to change their employer and leave the country. Further, the Law No.15 of 2017 on domestic workers provides legal protection for this category and regulates the legal relationship between domestic worker and an employer.

The Minister also referred to steps taken to simplify litigation procedures for workers and efforts taken to combat human trafficking.

Posted on 26/10/2017

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