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Friday, June 25, 2021

It’s time the government gets tough with businesses that break the law

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Human Rights Watch’s Gulf researcher Hiba Zayadin tweets about the lack of deterrent for companies who mistreat their workers.

There have been calls for hefty financial fines to be introduced for companies that breach labour laws, after all their mentality appears to be to put profit over humans, so why not hit them where it hurts the most? For a while now we’ve heard murmurings that the government would expand its black-list policy to include companies that make their employees work in the summer heat. Currently the black-list is for businesses that withhold salaries, and those placed on it are prevented from taking part in tenders and even from operating in Qatar. Surely that would make business owners think twice before breaching labour laws.

For companies breaking the law their concern may be losing a bit of money, for their workers it’s their lives that could potentially be at risk.


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