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60 sites shut in July for flouting work-hour rule


Tribune News Network
Doha
As many as 60 worksites were shut in July for violating the Ministerial Decision No. 16 of 2007, determining the working hours for labourers exposed to the sun during the summer.
This was revealed by Department of Labour Inspection Director Mohammed al Mir on Wednesday.
He said the department carries out periodical inspections at work sites to ensure compliance with the ministerial decision.
The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) in May announced that from June 15 companies that employ people who work outdoors will need to adjust their working hours or face sanctions from the government.
The decree stipulates that the work hours must not be longer than five hours in the morning session and should not stretch beyond 11.30am.
As for the evening shift, working hours must not start before 3 pm. The timings will be in force till August 31.
All employers are required to put up a work-hour timetable at the work sites, according to the decree.
The timetable should be displayed at a visible place where all workers can see it and is noticed by the labour inspectors during their inspection visits.
Companies who don't comply with the regulation faces closure of their worksites.