Qatar contractor said to fire 108 North Korean labourers

Construction Development Company reportedly sacks workers for repeatedly flouting company rules
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By Neha Bhatia
Thu 27 Aug 2015 02:08 PM

Qatar's Construction Development Company (CDC) has reportedly fired up to 108 North Korean workers for repeatedly flouting the company's rules, and due to the "inhumane treatment" of workers by their North Korean supervisors, international media reports claim.

VOANews.com reported on Tuesday, 25 August, 2015, that CDC notified a North Korean official supervising the workers of its decision late in July 2015, and some workers have already left Qatar.

Citing an anonymous diplomatic source based out of Doha, the report added that CDC dismissed the workers after finding out that "some North Korean workers had secretly worked at another company’s construction site at night".

Their actions were considered in violation of an agreement signed between CDC and officials from the North Korean embassy in Kuwait in May 2015.

One of the eight points under the agreement was that North Korean employees work only for CDC, and will be immediately dismissed if the agreement is breached, the report said.

CDC also raised concerns about the treatment of the workers by their North Korean supervisors, the report continued.

Citing the source, the report added that CDC's findings showed North Korean labourers were "forced to overwork" at another construction site at night.

CDC suspected the workers' wages were confiscated by the supervisors.

The company had fired 90 North Korean labourers in May 2015 for similar violations, it had been reported at the time by VOANews.com.

North Korean workers are contracted with local construction companies through North Korean recruitment firms in Qatar, such as Sudo Construction, Gunmyung Construction, Namgang Construction and Genco.

The firms are all managed by North Korea’s External Construction Bureau, the recent report added.

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