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18 Aug 2022

Areeb Ullah, Middle East Eye

Qatar detains workers who held rare protest over unpaid salaries

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Qatar has detained more than 60 workers who held a rare protest against unpaid wages, with some threatened with deportation just months before the FIFA World Cup

Migrant Rights, an NGO based in GCC, said the Al Bandary Engineering and Electro Watt Company had not paid its workers for the last six months. 

Detained workers told Migrant Rights that at least 25 to 30 people are being kept in one room. According to the NGO, some workers said Qatar had deported several workers already with only part of their pay settlement.

Workers and trade union representatives told the NGO that the company had promised them their salaries on 11 August. 

But when they were denied their wages and had the electricity cut from their company-owned accommodation, the workers went on strike. 

Last Sunday, 200 workers took to the streets of Doha to demand their unpaid wages outside the Bandary International Group's offices in Qatar. 

Al Bandary International Group did not respond to Middle East Eye's requests for comment at the time of writing.