Qatar public works promotes worker rights and wage protection

Qatar public works promotes worker rights and wage protection

As represented by the Engineering Services Department, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) ties up with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs to implement new strategies in order to make sure that the salaries of workers are protected.

Workers who participate in the projects of the Authority will have their labour rights preserved, as is added to tender documents. If a bidder wishes to be accepted for consideration, payment of dues of workers must be completed as a condition according to a statement from the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The said ministry will also be in charge of inspecting the progress when it comes to the procedures for paying the wages of the workers accordingly.

A certificate from Qatar Credit Bureau must also be issued as an obligation of companies regarding its financial position. This further enhances the commitment of the company to its customers and with banks. All these new developments come in light of the government’s continuing efforts to ensure that workers are paid their dues accordingly to foster a safe and healthy working environment in every company.

Moreover, the Shura Council has recently discussed a draft law concerning the minimum wage of workers as well. During its regular weekly meeting under the chairmanship of HE Deputy the Speaker of the Shura Council Mohamed bin Abdulla al-Sulaiti, the Shura Council discussed with its Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee the draft law on minimum wages. This concerns domestic workers as well. Member of the Council Mohamed bin Ali al-Hanzab submitted a proposal that helps to promote the right ethics, values, and principles in the Qatari society to foster a healthy working environment. The proposal will then be referred to the Cultural Affairs and Information Committee for further consideration.

These developments are in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 that aims to strengthen the efficiency of an effective social protection system for all Qatari citizens. This umbrella protection covers the civil rights of groups and individuals, as well as displays utmost appreciation for their effective participation in the development of the Qatari society in the long run. Of course, these initiatives should also provide citizens with sufficient income in order to help maintain both their health and their dignity.

Furthermore, this type of social protection strategy is an integral part of a comprehensive methodology for sound social development. This should be able to achieve development for all citizens in Qatar on the road to building a society that is safe, stable, and economically sound. Three pillars comprise the framework of the social protection strategy, namely, social welfare, social capital, and the family—with a special emphasis on social rehabilitation for endangered groups and a sustainable social welfare system for all.

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