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Pay reform for migrant workers in Qatar


Doha: Qatar has said that it would introduce a major labor law reform to ensure thousands of building workers who construct venues for the 2022 World Cup.
This decision was on the basis of the complaints forwarded by the rights groups.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) had highlighted the non-progressive nature of the issue, earlier this year.
Moreover, there were criticism as well as international pressure on Qatar to improve conditions for migrant laborers working on World Cup related projects.
As the aftereffect of the international pressure, Qatar has announced that the construction workers would be paid on time hereafter.
The move will be applicable to all migrant workers who are involved with the projects for the forthcoming world cup.
The future hosts of the World’s biggest football’s tournament said that the workers will get payment at least once a month or in some cases every fortnight.
The sudden announcement was with respect the forthcoming visit of FIFA Officials to finalize a date for the controversial football tournament.
Qatar is of the fear that the officials visit may bring the international spotlight to fall on the matter again.
Under the new proposal, wages are being decided to pay through direct bank transfers.
However, it is not yet clear when the pay reforms will be introduced.
Employers are said to have given six months duration to implement the scheme.
If they are reluctant to implement the same, they could face punishment up to one month in prison together with a fine of up to 6,000 Qatari riyals ($1,650, 1,440 euros).
The Gulf state, which sits on the world’s third-largest gas reserves, is on a set out to become a global leader in organizing sporting events.


Video on migrant workers pay reform announced by Qatar