DOHA: The Ministry of Labour yesterday asked private companies to strictly abide by the labor law and said that workers who have completed five years in a firm are entitled to 30 days of basic salary as end-of-service benefits for each year of service put in after that period.
And up to the first five years, a worker is entitled to only three weeks of basic salary as end-of-service benefits for each year, and the basic salary is to be calculated on the last (basic) salary drawn.
The Ministry also said that it has begun endorsing job contracts of workers online. “We get nearly 1,200 employment agreements (physical?) for attestation every day,” a senior ministry official said addressing representatives of the private sector.
The Ministry convened a meeting with the private sector at its premises yesterday and told them they must pay their workers on time and submit workers’ salary statements on a monthly basis.
A company would be taken to task if it submits wrong salary statement. And incentives would be given in recruitment matters, among other things, to companies that pay their employees on time.
The companies were also informed about new requirements to recruit overseas workers.
All employment contracts must clearly mention basic salary of workers, all allowances admissible to them, and their annual leave, air ticket and end-of-service benefit entitlement.
Job contracts which do not have the above details would not be endorsed.
The officials who addressed the meeting included Saleh Al Shawi, head of the inspection department, Mohamed Al Attiyah, head of public and media relations, Nasser Mohanna, from the recruitment division, and Mohamed Al Obaidly, director of legal affairs.
The officials said that some companies have produced fake contracts with some clinics to prove that they are abiding by the health and safety provisions for workers as enshrined in the labor law.
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The Ministry has, therefore, decided to be very strict and intensify its monitoring to make sure that the companies do have the required medical facilities in place for workers.
Al Shawi told the companies that they must appoint someone from within their employ to look into workers’ complaints before they are referred to the Ministry.
The idea is to make sure that a dispute has been forwarded to the ministry only after making efforts to resolve it in-house. According to the officials, no worker is to be dismissed from service if he went on annual vacation and overstayed without valid reasons unless he is formally informed.
Companies applying to hire more than 29 workers would be required to submit a copy of the contract of a work (project) awarded to it. Similarly, all companies applying to hire fresh workers must submit at least three previous months of workers’ salary statements, the officials told the private sector. The Ministry will focus on checks to make sure that occupational safety standards for workers, are proper and as provided for in the law, especially with regard to contracting companies.
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