'Qatar WPS to help Filipino construction workers'
Representatives from Philippines' offices in Qatar said they are counting on Qatar's Wage Protection System to benefit Filipino workers in the Gulf state
Philippines' labour attache has said he believes Qatar's Wage Protection System (WPS) will reduce complaints lodged against employers regarding salary payments, and will particularly advance salary transactions towards construction labourers.
Leopoldo De Jesus said the implementation of WPS, scheduled for 3 November, 2015, will ease the relationship between employers and employees.
"The implementation of the WPS will have a major impact on the working relationship between employer and employee as this will lessen complaints related to unpaid or delayed payment of salaries," De Jesus said.
“It is a commendable effort by the Qatari government and as such, it needs to be implemented as soon as possible for the benefit the country’s burgeoning workforce, specifically OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) who experience these problems," he told local daily Gulf Times on 02 September, 2015.
De Jesus said he hoped WPS would benefit workers in Qatar's construction industry, adding non-payment issues are less than likely to affect high- or mid-wage employees.
“But it is still an issue for those employed in small companies like manpower suppliers and sub-contractors.
"If these companies will be covered by the WPS, their employees will benefit significantly from it.
"I also hope that the WPS will include small companies," he added.
Philippines' first secretary and consul in Qatar, Gonaranao Musor, said: "The advantage of the WPS is that it would make salary transactions more transparent and it will make employers accountable thus, avoiding issues like unpaid or delayed salaries of workers.
"This is something that our OFWs will benefit from, especially low-skilled workers.
"Even other Filipino professionals working in Qatar who could be experiencing delays in their salaries will benefit from this new system," Musor added.
Saleh al-Shawi, an official from Qatar's labour ministry, announced earlier this week that the government is "ready" to enforce the system in November.
Wage Protection System was created following the creation of a law, aimed at helping Qatar's expats and government, to monitor and report any late or non-existing payments.
The salary system requires companies to pay wages once or twice a month through electronic transfers, directly into bank accounts.