Time to react: Qatar mulls penalising firms over delayed migrant wages

Published January 18th, 2015 - 04:55 GMT

Qatar is considering imposing penalties against firms that fail to pay migrant workers on time, one of the biggest complaints voiced by rights groups against companies in the Gulf state.

The host of the 2022 football World Cup has come under mounting international pressure to improve conditions for migrant labourers working on projects that are to stage the event.

Under draft legislation now being considered by the Qatari government, bosses who do not pay their workers on time could lose the ability to hire new staff.

The proposal would also allow the country's labour ministry to halt "all dealings" with businesses until they pay up.

The issue was discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday, said the state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA).

Under the new system, known as the Wage Protection System, workers hired on an annual or monthly contract must be paid their wages by direct deposit every month.

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