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9 Mar 2022

Menatalla Ibrahim, Doha News (Qatar)

Qatar: UrbaCon reportedly overworking employees without compensation in a rush to finalise World Cup projects, incl. co. comments

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With just months to the much-awaited FIFA World Cup 2022 opening, there are reports of workers not being paid and being forced to work longer hours. 

Qatar-based UrbaCon Trading & Contracting Company has extended working hours for their employees and removed the Friday weekend in order to finish the World Cup projects ‘on time,’ a leaked official document has revealed.

“All are kindly requested to extend the working hours of your crews and staff till 21:00 daily with immediate effect. This is mandatory to successfully achieve the strict project delivery timeline,” the document read. “Fridays will be full working day for all sub-contractors until further notice.”

Workers told Doha News that they received no ‘prior notice’ and were not asked if the sudden extension would be suitable for them. The company will also not pay the workers for the extra hours.

Qatar’s Labour Law does not require private companies to compensate their employers for extra time, nor does it require to ask before extending working hours. However, Friday is the weekly rest day for all workers, except those on shift.

"UrbaCon Trading & Contracting Company (UCC) takes the physical and mental wellbeing of our workers very seriously. Working extra hours and overtime are offered and compensated in accordance with the Labour law...UCC is strongly committed to protecting workers’ welfare standards. We have established welfare committees that include worker representatives to improve communications and working conditions.”
UrbaCon in a statement to Doha News