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400 expats unpaid for months in Qatar - report

Incident by UAE-based ETA comes despite Qatar’s introduction of the Wage Protection System (WPS) in November

400 expats unpaid for months in Qatar - report

UAE-based group ETA in Doha has not paid salaries to 400 expats employees, mostly of Indian origin, in several months.

The delay in salaries resulted in the involvement of the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) which works under the Indian Embassy in Doha, reported Doha News.

“I was approached by one of the unpaid employees of ETA and I have raised the matter with the Indian Embassy and asked the employees to attend the open house that is likely to be held the following weekend,” president of ICBF Arvind Patil said.

He added the ICBF was not able to provide financial aid to the 400 workers but has instead extended material help such as food.

Employees at ETA said new management told them a ‘lack of money’ was the reason behind the payment delays. This has led to the resignation of numerous employees.

An ex-project manager at ETA said he resigned in February 2016 and did not receive his outstanding three months’ until May and only after having filed a court case against the company. ETA has since refused to grant him an NOC letter or end-of-service benefits.

The delay in salaries by ETA comes despite Qatar’s introduction of the Wage Protection System (WPS) in November which requires companies to electronically pay their employees’ salaries regularly or face penalties.

ETA has reportedly been blacklisted for violating WPS terms, however it is unclear how employees could claim their unpaid wages.

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