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Qatar authorities ‘blacklist’ 800 companies over labor law violations

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More than 800 companies in Qatar have been banned from applying for government contracts or requesting warehouse units as punishment for breaching the state’s labor law, a government official has reportedly said.

In the first six months of the year, 807 firms have been temporarily blacklisted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA), which also means that they are not permitted to hire any new staff while the penalty is in place, The Peninsula reports.

The ministry’s director of work relations Mohamed Al Meer reportedly told Al Sharq that the penalties are short-term and can be lifted once companies are seen to have conformed to the law.

No specific reasons as to how the Law No. 14 of 2004 was breached were given, but Al Meer said the violations included human rights-related issues as well as procedural ones, like not having a registered office for the company.

If a similar rate of companies are sanctioned during the remainder of this year, then the total number of blacklisted firms for 2015 would be significantly lower than in previous years.

Past crackdowns

In January 2013 for example, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) announced that it had blacklisted 2,400 companies and a further 1,200 individuals for failing to meet the standards of the state’s labor law during 2012.

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Those firms had failed to provide or renew their employees’ residency permits, employed “runaway” workers, and/or refused to pay to send their workers home after their employment was finished, prompting some expats to stay and work in Qatar without the proper paperwork, the MOI said at the time.

It is not clear if the decrease in sanctions this year are due to more companies adhering to the law, or if enforcement has been stricter than in previous years.

Early last year, the MOI announced it was taking a tougher line on employers who hire undocumented staff.

The punishments include “blacklisting” offenders by not allowing them to recruit new employees for two years, while companies and individuals who allow their sponsored employers to work for others could be blacklisted for one year.

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MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I guess a good thing like this doesn’t get many comments as it only help protect the poor labourers. The greedy expats on the other thread only care about their NOC and enriching themselves through minimum effort.

Misha
Misha
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You posted this less than 20 mins after the article was posted, hold your horses… I guess it’s never too soon for you to ruffle some feathers.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Misha

7 hours ago and it appears he’s right…

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Misha

It’s just an example of human selfishness and greed. If the laborers who are being mistreated had a voice on DN they would be concerned about being paid, being paid on time and decent living conditions. NOC is way down their list.

The professionals that post here do not care about 99% of kafala they just want an NOC so they can jump ship at the earliest op. I don’t blame them as they have to look after themselves but I wish they would stop this faux slavery argument, they are free to leave.

Misha
Misha
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Not sure if your comment is meant to be sarcastic but regardless now you are right…few comments compared to the other thread.

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago

DN, who are the blacklisted individuals? Are these Qatari ‘partners’ in the companies that are also blacklisted? Otherwise, why not collapse the blacklisted and create a ‘new’ company to get around the blacklist!?

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago

Since these companies are violating laws they should go to prison. Blacklisting is a funny punishment.

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago

Exactly and we suppose there are a lot more of this rogue companies who go about abusing and harassing their workers and treating them like cattle

سـقـر الأسـود
سـقـر الأسـود
6 years ago

I don’t see any harm actually happening to these companies after being blacklisted… business as usual going on…. so what’s the point of being black-listed ?

Midoegy
Midoegy
6 years ago

Did you guys even bothered to read the first line in the article? companies are banned from applying for “government contracts or requesting warehouse units as punishment” the article goes on “The punishments include “blacklisting” offenders by not allowing them to recruit new employees for two years, while companies and individuals who allow their sponsored employers to work for others could be blacklisted for one year.”.

Misha
Misha
6 years ago

807!!!! This is clearly a big problem that needs more that just a temporary blacklist to solve.

sadam
sadam
6 years ago

blacklist? change name of company–problem solved.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  sadam

Yep, happens all the time.

Midoegy
Midoegy
6 years ago
Reply to  sadam

Doesn’t work this way, If a company is blacklisted, it will have a flag on its CR which means that the company status is on hold until the flag is removed.

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

“Not having a registered office” comes under the Labour Law? Is it just me that thinks the wording of the announcement is designed to give the impression of a march to enforce human rights, when the truth is that some unknown proportion of it is nothing whatsoever to do with human rights but more to do with company administration? Maybe cynicism on of all things Qatar has now totally taken over my mind.

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago

Well its suprising it took all this time for the authorities to realize that such bad practices and abuses were going on such a large scale and the authorities took no action all this years to rectify the situation

Sweetberg
Sweetberg
6 years ago

“since there are lots of important projects going on, that’s the only thing we can do for now.” 😀 Put dem it to a Blacklist !!

Expat
Expat
6 years ago

We’d like a list of the violating companies!

Diego
Diego
6 years ago

I wonder if there is follow up after the blacklist for the workers to check on their status and rights? If the firm is shady and folds, is there any Govt. protection for the workers? Hope so.

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