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6 Sep 2018

Gulf Times

Proposed insurance fund will protect workers' dues: Minister

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The most important function of the Workers' Support and Insurance Fund is to pay the dues of any worker who is stranded because the employer cannot pay the sum due to bankruptcy... the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Dr Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi has stressed. “At the same time, the fund will establish playgrounds and entertainment facilities for workers in specified areas,” he said on Thursday, referring to the draft law issued by the Cabinet on Wednesday on the establishment of the fund to support workers in the country... Dr al-Nuaimi explained that the fund is complementary to the bundle of legislations issued by Qatar to protect the rights of workers. Among the benefits of the fund is that if the Labour Disputes Settlement Committee issues its decision on the eligibility of a worker in his complaint filed against the company/employer, and the latter is unable to pay the worker’s dues because of his financial incapacity or bankruptcy of the company, the fund shall pay the worker's dues and secure his departure from the country. The fund will then collect, from the employer, the amount it has paid. The money will be added to the fund's resources... [T]he Minister added that the resources of the fund would consist of the amount allocated by the State as well as proceeds from the fund's investments...