By Andy Sambidge
Construction workers make most complaints to Labour Ministry - official report.
More than 4,000 workers in Qatar lodged complaints with the Gulf state's Labour Ministry during the first quarter of 2010, a new official report has revealed.
Of the complaints, 3,875 cases were about employers delaying salaries, comprising 93 percent of the total number, Qatar daily Gulf Times reported on Wednesday.
Other common problems related to the denial of flight tickets, end-of-service benefits and vacation allowance, the paper added.
According to the report, 64.3 percent of the complaints received during the first quarter were settled.
Another 20.2 percent were closed either because the complaint was not one that the Labour ministry could deal with or that the parties did not follow up on the complaints, the paper said.
Just under seven percent of cases were sent to court while another seven percent were under consideration.
Construction workers formed the largest segment of complainants (63.4 percent), with those in the wholesale and retail sectors comprising 13.8 percent and workers in other sectors accounting for 22.8 percent.
The report said there was a decline in the number of complaints compared to the fourth quarter of last year.
Fear of job loss is the main reason behind less number of complaints received by the government. In the company I work, 2-3 months salary is always pending.When ever a person approaches the management to talk about the delay and its problems his family faces, the reply is "we can pay like this only. If you cant adjust this, you can leave us". But they are not ready to release the employee also. Because of the 2 year ban and jog threat, the employee falls in the tatics of the management. I think it is high time to the labor ministry to put a check on this.