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Qatar: Migrant Workers Strike Over Work Conditions

Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 8 August 2019

Hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar went on strike this week to protest what they say are poor working conditions, unpaid and delayed wages, and threats of reduced wages, Human Rights Watch said today.

One migrant worker at a Qatari company that provides maintenance, cleaning, plumbing, and other services, told Human Rights Watch that he and between 800 and 1,000 other employees refused to report to work on August 5, 2019. The employee said there had been repeated threats from management to deport the workers if they refused to sign new contracts substantially reducing their wages. Hamad International Airport, Qatar’s main airport, is among the company’s clients.

Five police vehicles arrived on site [ of the strike] .... but that they did not try to disperse the protesters.

While positive, reforms [ aimed at improving migrant worker conditions] have not gone far enough, and implementation has been uneven. 

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