All job contracts should get govt. nod
Qatar has set a temporary minimum wage for migrant workers worth some $200 a month, the authorities said on Thursday, a benchmark reform following criticism of its preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
Labour Minister Issa al-Nuaimi said the “temporary minimum wage of 750 riyals ($195) per month will immediately come into effect”, while officials work on setting a permanent rate. In addition to the new salary, labourers will receive free accommodation, food and healthcare plans, covered by employers, he said.
Introducing a minimum wage was among a package of major labour changes announced last month by Qatar, which has come under continued global scrutiny and criticism for its treatment of some 2 million migrant workers.
Qatar has never had an official minimum wage policy, and officials said the 750 riyals figure could increase after a review.
“We will not approve any employment contract if the salary is below 750 Qatari riyals per month. All contracts must now be approved by the Ministry (of Labour),” Mr. Nuaimi said. “If any change is made to the contract, we will apply the new procedures.”
Since being controversially chosen to host the World Cup, Qatar — which is spending $500 million a week on the tournament — has been routinely accused of forcing workers to toil in conditions critics have likened to modern-day slavery.
Source : the Hindu