Qatar introduces workers’ welfare
-, DOHA (QATAR)
Feb 13, 2014-
Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (QSCDL) made public the standards amid global scale defamation the 2022 World Cup host faced from various rights organisations for ‘mistreatment of migrant workers’ from developing countries.
The standards provision regular salary and proper accommodation for workers and safeguards rights of migrant workers. Likewise, the standards mention that the workers should be allowed to keep their passports and the employers should manage air ticket and new visa for them.
Similarly, a labour welfare forum should be formed in each camp of migrant workers representing them, the standards said. “Salary of migrant workers will be provided through banks, which helps to find out whether workers get salary on time or not,” officials of the QSCDL said.
The officials also claimed that one apartment should be shared by a maximum of four migrant workers and the apartment should be hygienic. “Recruiting companies found to have put more than four workers in an apartment will be punished,” they said.
The standards also alleged that they will fight for the security of migrant workers and that the Labour Ministry of Qatari government has increased the number of labour inspectors by 30 percent to inspect the condition of migrant workers. An official of Amnesty International said that Qatar has initiated a positive course by improving the conditions of migrant workers. Half of around 400,000 Nepali workers in Qatar are involved in construction works.
Meanwhile, in Malaysia, 239 Nepalis have been arrested in the crackdowns launched by the Malaysian government against illegal migrant workers since January 21, the Nepali embassy officials said.
Published: 13-02-2014 08:37