Qatar: Msheireb labourers strike in Doha

Up to 400 employees of the sub-contractor stopped working on a Msheireb Downtown Doha construction site earlier this week due to non-payment of wages

The above image is for illustrative purposes only.
The above image is for illustrative purposes only.

Between 200 and 400 employees of Drake & Scull withdrew their labour at a project in Msheireb Downtown Doha over unpaid wages.

The labourers stopped working at 7am on Saturday, 21 November, 2015 in a "peaceful protest".

However, some individuals "aggresively confronted" the company's supervisors.

Air-conditioning units were smashed and doors were broken by some labourers, according to a Qatar-based representative of Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI), a trade union organisation which interacted with all labourers.

It is yet unclear how long these workers went without payment.

Police authorities were called in to broker a temporary solution, following which workers returned to their homes in Industrial Area.

According to Doha News, Drake & Scull said the issue "stemmed from a one-time delay in [salary payment] because of the new requirements under Qatar's Wage Protection System".

Msheireb Properties confirmed that the incident caused work to be temporarily suspended on a small part of the 76.6-acre site on Saturday and Sunday.

"The company added that while the strike did not involve any workers directly employed by the developer, the firm is working with its contractors to resolve the dispute", according to the report.

In a statement, Drake & Scull told Doha News: “The integration of workers’ records into the system faced certain technical issues and incompatibilities which resulted in a delay of the transfer of payments."

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