By Sarah Townsend
Government says new Wage Protection System is protecting employees
The number of complaints made by Qatar workers against their employers has fallen by 30 percent, according to official statistics.
Figures released by the Government Communications Office on Wednesday show that the total number of workers’ complaints received by the government stood at 3,845 between January and October 2015.
However, complaints for the same period in 2016 fell by 2,676, representing a 30.4 percent decrease, the government said.
It said the fall was attributable to the introduction of the new Wage Protection System (WPS), which requires private sector companies to pay their staff on time, at least monthly, by direct bank transfer.
Qatar is taking steps to increase legal protection for private sector employees following concern over worker exploitation expressed by global humanitarian agencies in recent years.
Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi, minister of administrative development, labour and social affairs, said: “We are pleased to observe the very positive impact that recent government initiatives are having on protecting migrant workers in Qatar.
“We are clear that challenges remain for a minority of individuals in this country, but these figures demonstrate that we are working hard to combat these issues through ongoing reforms of Qatar’s labour laws and practices.”