Source: The Peninsula
The Ministry of Labour is taking a number of steps to make sure that companies applying for work visas do not misuse the privilege and abuse the rights of foreign workers.
The Ministry has plans to soon make it mandatory for companies applying for work visas to provide workers’ salary sheets for the past three months.
This would make sure that firms that get work visas only to allegedly trade in them illegally would not be able to continue with the malpractice.
The Ministry will also make sure that a company applying for work visas actually need workers or not, and whether they have suitable accommodation to house the workers.
So labour officials would, understandably, be inspecting lodging facilities for workers before a company is granted visas to recruit foreign workers, a local Arabic daily reported yesterday.
Also, health and safety conditions at workplace are to be checked by the Ministry officials to ensure they comply with the provisions of the law.
And as per the labour legislation, the Ministry would make sure that a national is available for a job before allowing a company to hire a foreigner to take it up.
The Ministry has plans to decentralize its services and set up branches in different places in the country, including Al Khor and Al Ruwais, and over the long-term plans are afoot to set up branches in Al Shamal, Al Shahaniya and Mesaimeer as well.
The idea is to ease crowding at the Ministry’s main office in Doha and help companies and individuals based in places outside of the capital city to avail of its services with ease, the daily said.
The branches will have job contract endorsement and inspection facilities as well.
These offices will also receive applications from companies to recruit foreign workers as well as process requests from individuals for family and visit visas.
The Ministry’s Al Khor office will be particularly large since the population of the town has been increasing and a lot of companies are based there. It will also house a large public relations enclosure.
The Ministry’s Al Wakra branch will, meanwhile, soon begin clearing requests for family visas and issuing work permits to women, including housewives who take up work in offices and schools.
Since everything is computerized the formalities would be over in a few minutes, the daily said.