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Expat workers heap praise on Qatar labour reforms

Expat workers heap praise on Qatar labour reforms

Tribune News Network
Doha
The recent measures taken by Qatar to provide a secure working environment to tens of thousands of expatriates and protect human rights have come for huge praise from a majority of expatriate workers living in the country.
They have said that many of the rights enjoyed by the expatriate workers in Qatar are not available in many countries.
Among the measures taken by Qatar are the establishment of a fund to support and secure workers’ rights, opening of a shelter house to provide assistance and protection to victims of human trafficking and a shelter for temporary workers.
In one of the construction projects in the Khraitiyat area, workers’ supervisor Kumar, an Indian, who has been working in Doha for five years, said: “We get good treatment and we get our rights. I have already worked in a number of neighbouring Arab countries before coming to Qatar. What the workers get here is much better than what is available to workers in other countries.”
“For example, we receive our salaries on a monthly basis without delay, which is very important to workers and their welfare. This is what gives us tranquillity and psychological stability because we are able to send money to our families back home on a regular basis,” he said.
He said this is due to the wage protection system as well as due to the committees set up for resolving labour disputes.
Echoing Kumar’s views, his colleague Anar Taro said he has first hand experience of the advantages enjoyed by workers in Qatar.
He said one of his friends, a Nepalese national, got into trouble with his employer. But as soon as his friend complained to the authorities concerned, the labour administration intervened, forced the company to compensate the worker financially and allowed him to move to another work.
“From my experience in many other countries, such a problem will not result in the welfare of the worker. On the contrary, in all likelihood he will suffer terribly, wait for a long time, and in the end he may have to leave without getting his rights. My friend got all his rights in a record time here in Qatar,” he added.
“I have also heard about the shelter and the Workers’ Welfare Fund. I thank the authorities for all their efforts to protect our rights,” he said.
“I came to Qatar a year ago and I was a bit apprehensive,” said Mahmoud Hussein of Pakistan. “Thanks to the strict laws, we receive all material benefits without delay and all our rights are protected fully,” he said.

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