Hundreds of labourers queue for up to 12 hours to open bank accounts in Qatar

Wage Protection System took effect this week, with new rules for more than 50,000 private companies
Hundreds of labourers queue for up to 12 hours to open bank accounts in Qatar
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By Staff writer
Wed 04 Nov 2015 12:05 PM

Long queues formed outside banks in Qatar this week as workers lined up to open accounts on the day the country’s new Wage Protection System came into effect.

The new system follows an amendment to Qatar’s labour law in February. It was originally scheduled to take effect from August, but was delayed until this month to allow companies to prepare for the changes

It requires firms to pay employee salaries at least monthly, in Qatari riyals, through direct bank transfers, and is intended to make it easier for the government to record late- or non-payments, particularly to low income workers.

The new rules apply to more than 50,000 private companies.

On Sunday and Monday, reported Doha News, hundreds of workers queued up to open bank accounts – a requirement of the Wage Protection System – for up to 12 hours.

The newspaper said approximately 200 people were at Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB)’s branch in Barwa Village on Sunday, and a further 180 showed up at the bank on Monday.

It said many banks have opened special departments to handle the uplift in new customers.

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