Qatar committed to improve WPS to ensure wages paid on time: GCO Aug 18, 2019 0 1218 12345 QNADohaThe 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, Government Communications Office (GCO) has said.In a statement on Saturday, the GCO said the government is committed to improving the Wage Protection System (WPS) to ensure that workers’ wages are paid on time and that wage arrears are systematically settled.“Guest workers in the Al Shahaniya area conducted a peaceful strike on August 4 in response to the non-payment of salaries by their employers in May, June and July 2019. An investigation was immediately launched and the authorised signatories of the two companies in question were arrested,” it said.The GCO said the findings of the investigation confirmed 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, after consultation with all stakeholders, the outstanding salaries of all workers were paid in full through the Wage Protection System. 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 (MADLSA) is coordinating with all workers who choose to exercise this legal right,” the statement added.The GCO said MADLSA 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,” it added. RELATED ARTICLES Euphoria grips Sudan as historic transition deal signed Aug 18, 2019 0 462 Houthi drone attack sparks fire at Saudi gas plant Aug 18, 2019 0 554 Massive infra boost makes Al Wakrah a residential hotspot Aug 18, 2019 0 1026 Al Sadd lift Sheikh Jassim Cup Al Sadd players celebrate with the Sheikh Jassim Cup they won after defeating Al Duhail 1-0 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday. The winning goal was scored by Ali Asad in the 14th minute which eventually extended .. Iran tanker in limbo off Gibraltar as US issues warrant A last-minute US warrant to seize an Iranian oil tanker preparing to leave Gibraltar after weeks of detention cast doubt over its departure on Saturday, prolonging a diplomatic spat between Tehran, London and .. Qatar congratulates Sudanese people Qatar has congratulated Sudan and its people on the official signing of the constitutional document under the auspices of the African Union and the efforts of Ethiopia. In a statement on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign ..