Qatar to name and shame employers

Ministry of Labour plans to publish list of companies violating employment laws

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Qatar's Ministry of Labour will publish the names of the companies violating the Gulf state's employment laws, daily newspaper The Peninsula reported.

“New rules for inspection are being prepared and it will be announced soon. Once the new rules are enforced, the names of erring companies will be disclosed” said Mohammad Ali Al Meer, assistant director of the inspection department, Ministry of Labour.

The inspection department detected 134 violations of labour law last year. Between the most common violations are hiring workers without valid work permits from the government's recruitment department. Some companies also gave false information and are not providing necessary documents to inspectors, or in some cases are stopping inspectors from checking their premises.

According to Al Meer, a company was found hiding the death of a worker while on site to avoid contractual obligations, while five companies had been referred to public prosecution for tampering with workers’ salary lists last year.

One firm out of three was found violating safety standards in 2012, according to the Ministry of Labour, while several international organisations have criticised Qatar for not adequately enforcing labour laws.

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Posted by: Peter

Where are these companies published?
I suspect that this was just another easy PR announcement to replace any preventive action.
Doe sthis list include my employer's name (a qatari stated owned comapny) who has not paid me for more than 5 months?
If yes, wher can I see this list?

Posted by: APW

With Qatar's building of a tourism and hospitality industry capable of running up to and holding a successful WC2022, it will require an additional 90 - 120,000 qualified, experienced and trained, multi-lingual workforce population.

Money alone cannot attract them - professional empowerment, opportunity and quality lifestyles is what attracts, supports and maintains manpower continuity. Many Dubai and Abu Dhabi companies made the change - and far surpass labour law minimum standards to professionalise and internationalise their policies to attract the right level of staff. Qatar must do the same.

Which high-level senior management professional with global experience would subject themselves to being forced to ask permission to leave the country for a weekend away, and having to apply to Immigration for an Exit Permit to go on annual leave?

Posted by: PPM

This is a good idea. Intrusive inspections by a government honestly concerned to actually eradicate problems rather than just promote legislation and rules in the media as if they were a solution on their own.
One wonders when one will see this kind of proactive action in UAE.
OK, the PR consultants will scream in horror, especially for the first couple of years as huge numbers of small companies are sanctioned, and there would be some social consequences as the more parasitic of the sponsors lost much of their income, but, eventually, one has to hope, the country would become fairer and more productive and thus wealthier and more stable.

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