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Qatar deports Indian migrant workers in response to wage protests.

NRI Herald, 26 August 2022

Prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Qatari authorities allegedly evicted Indian migrant labourers for conducting a rare rally about unpaid salaries, according to a labour rights organisation on Monday.

As per Equidem, a London-based worker's rights advocacy group, at least 60 people held up the queue outside the Al Bandary firm throughout a demonstration earlier this month in Doha, such as those who had apparently not been paid for seven months.

"We have talked to staff participating in the rallies, notably a person who was extradited back to Nepal, and he has verified his return," Equidem CEO Mustafa Qadri said.
Other individuals have been evacuated from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Egypt, and the Philippines, "he continued."

According to AFP, the Qatari government, which has come under fire for its treatment of migrants, has confirmed that some of the employees who took part in the August 14 demonstration were imprisoned but has not said if they have been evacuated.

On Sunday, the Qatari authorities announced that "a number of protestors were detained for violating public security legislation."

It continued by stating that "a handful of protestors who refused to stay peaceful and violated Qatar's civil protection rules risk expulsion by judicial order." Nevertheless, it did not specify how many employees were engaged.

The labour department stated that it pays Al Bandary employees' benefits and compensation. It went on to say that "additional action" would be taken against the firm, which had already been investigated for refusing to pay salaries.

On November 20, the FIFA World Cup will begin in the little energy-rich state.

Qatar has been accused of understating migrant worker fatalities and failing to do more to ameliorate severe working conditions. Unpaid salaries have also regularly been claimed.

While rights organisations have ramped up their protests ahead of the World Cup, urging FIFA to compensate employees, the government has emphasised the improvements it has implemented.

It has implemented a minimum wage, repealed a plan that provided businesses with extensive control over their workers, and tightened limits on working in the summer heat.

As part of the reforms, experts contend that virtually all "qualified workers" would be protected by a new pay protection scheme.

 

Source- Economic Times

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