In response to the late settlement of salaries, a small number of expatriate workers conducted a peaceful protest in the Msheireb area on May 22.

Following an immediate investigation in co-operation with relevant entities, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has taken steps to ensure that all salaries will be promptly paid in the coming days and legal action has been taken against the companies involved, for violating the Wage Protection System (WPS).

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs reminds all employers in the strongest of terms that it has distributed clear instructions to companies on their legal obligations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Any company found violating these obligations will be penalised in line with Qatar's Labour Laws. Workers are encouraged to contact the 24/7 multi-language hotline service (92727) to lodge work-related grievances against their employers.

Companies can access additional financing through the directives announced by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to provide financial and economic incentives to the private sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. An amount of QR3bn has been allocated to local banks to support companies with salaries and rental payments.

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