Qatar cracks down on labour law violations
Hundreds of Qatar-based companies have been blacklisted over labour law violations
Following ongoing concerns over the living conditions of Qatar's migrant labour workforce, and in the shadow of a scathing report by Amnesty International, the country has taken measures to blacklist 807 companies found guilty of labour law violations.
So far this year, Qatar’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has blacklisted more than 800 companies for flouting national labour laws.
Local news agency, The Peninsula, reported that part of the penalty includes a ban on recruiting new workers. In addition, blacklisted companies cannot bid for government tenders or apply for new leases on warehouses.
According to the newspaper, a total of 3,913 companies have been blacklisted over an unspecified period of time. This represents around 5% of companies registered in Qatar, estimated at 45,000.
Mohammed Al Meer, director of labour relations at the ministry, was quoted as saying the blacklisting does not impact the future prospects of the companies’ workers.
Bans are lifted if the companies correct their mistakes. Al Meer added that ongoing labour reform is having a positive impact on the working conditions for employees – in particular, in relation to accommodation and the payment of salaries.