(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Director of Labour Inspection Department at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Fahad Al Dosari has said that the minimum wage is the amount to be paid to a worker regardless of the skills and work nature.
'The minimum wage has been fixed QR1,000 as basic salary in addition there is food allowance of QR300 and accommodation allowance of QR500, said Fahad Al Dosari while speaking in a Qatar TV programme yesterday.
For example, he said, if an employer provides accommodation and food then in that case the worker will get QR1,000, the basic salary. 'In case of provision of accommodation without food, the worker will receive QR1,300 and in case neither food nor accommodation is provided, the worker will get a total of QR1,800 unless there is an agreement between an employer and a worker for more amount.
Regarding the punishment for violating the rules of the minimum wage, Al Dosari said: 'The punishment (for wage violations) has been increased from one-month jail sentence to one-year jail sentence and the maximum fine has been also raised from QR6,000 to QR10,000.
Speaking about the punishment for not providing suitable accommodation, he said: 'After the amendment of the law, now the punishment has become six months jail sentence and fine ranging from QR2,000 to QR100,000 and the law stipulates severe punishment in case of repetition.
He said that the minimum wage aims at hiring skilled laborers, increasing productivity of the companies and institutions. 'The law of minimum wage will come into effect after six month from the date of publishing in official gazette, said Al Dosari.
He said that the law of minimum wage for workers includes all workers including domestic workers and those workers who are receiving more payment than minimum wage will be unaffected.
Abdullah Mubarak Al Dosari, Director of Labour Relations Department
Abdullah Mubarak Al Dosari, Director of Labour Relations Department said, in the same Qatar TV programme, that an employee is entitled to change his work organisation during the contract period or after the end of the contract period or during the probation period as per the rules and regulations in this regard.
'In these cases, as per the rules, the second employer will compensate the first employer, provided that there is no competition and the worker has notified the first employer, said Al Dosari.
He said that the worker is entitled to change the work organisation during the probation period and in this case, the new employer will compensate the previous employer like (some of the recruitment charges or ticket fare). 'The worker should notify the previous employer for one month notice period. The compensation will be the maximum the two salaries of the worker.
'The worker cannot return to work in Qatar for one year if he fails to notify his employer and leaves the country without completing the notice period, said Al Dosari.
He said that there are three Labor Dispute Resolution Committees at the Ministry chaired by a judge and members appointed by the Ministry following the decision issued by the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.
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