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Ministry of Labor closes 12 companies for violating labor law-Doha News

Over the past year, dozens of companies have faced legal action from authorities for violating new laws.

Qatar Ministry of Labor (MOL) Closed 12 recruiting companies and revoked a labor law violation license.

The ministry said the measures taken against companies were part of efforts to monitor recruitment offices and ensure the implementation of labor laws to protect domestic workers.

It urged all citizens and residents to report violations and abuses committed by domestic worker recruitment offices.

“This is done via the hotline 40288101 and email: Info@mol.gov.qa,” says MOL.

Workers demanding action after salary and passport are withdrawn

The following companies have faced action from the Qatari authorities:

  1. Starch manpower
  2. Anand recruitment manpower
  3. Shorok Al Shams Mapower Services
  4. Dubai manpower
  5. Frameman power
  6. Al Adamman Power
  7. Absher Manpower Recruitment
  8. Almetakuman Power
  9. Arlesa Manpower
  10. Altownman Power Supply
  11. Alta Batman Power
  12. Colomboman power

The ministry said Colombo’s violations included exploiting workers who entered the country on family visas by working part-time at home. Those workers also do not have a work permit.

Qatar’s historic reforms

Received MOL Labor complaints of more than 200,000 people Only in December. Complaints included working hours, salaries, and other violations.

Qatar has undertaken major labor reforms over the years, including the introduction of the region’s first non-discriminatory minimum wage in 2021.

Under the Minimum Wage Act, employers must pay a minimum monthly basic wage of 1,000 QAR, plus at least 300 QAR for food and 500 QAR for housing.

Employers who pay staff lower than the minimum wage face a year’s imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 Qatari riyals.

In 2020, Qatar dismantled the controversial “Kafara” or sponsorship system. It has become the first country in the region to do so.

Last May, MOL launched a new platform for worker complaints, allowing employees to file public violations of labor law.

Since the introduction of these laws, Qatar’s Ministry of Labor has increased oversight of domestic companies.

In the first half of 2021, 35,280 accommodation and workplace inspections were conducted by the authorities. This was followed by a fine of 13,724 for companies deemed to be in violation of Qatar’s labor law.

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