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Qatar committed to improve WPS to ensure wages paid on time: GCO

QNA
Doha
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, 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.

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