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27 Sep 2017


Qatar labourer ‘sacked’ for speaking to UN team

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A Nepalese construction worker in Qatar was “sacked” the day after speaking to a UN delegation visiting [Qatar] to examine labour conditions. The incident is considered serious enough that the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) said it would be on the agenda when its governing body meets in two months to discuss an investigation into allegations of forced labour by Qatar…The case was raised in a previous meeting of the ILO governing body in March 2017…in the context of a complaint against Doha for non-compliance with two ratified ILO international conventions...the Forced Labour Convention and the Labour Inspection Convention…As well as losing his job after telling the UN body about unpaid wages and employers illegally holding his passport, the labourer was also handed a one-way ticket home to Nepal by bosses…[The International Trade Union Confederation] said the 29-year-old worker never got on the plane, but was subsequently jailed for two weeks due to losing his work sponsor…The man’s case was cleared earlier this year and he opted to stay in Qatar, working for a new employer and earning around 1,600 Qatari Riyals ($430) per month.