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Labour Camp Lockdowns in Qatar Spark Concerns

Infra News - Published on Fri, 03 Apr 2020

Image Source: Qatar Construction Workers Coronavirus Lockdown
Qatar has set aside more than USD 800 million to pay the wages of migrant workers who are in quarantine or undergoing treatment for Covid-19. The Government Communication Office said the authorities were working with employers to ensure payment of salaries and distribution of food, water, masks and hand sanitiser to people in locked down sites, and that people under quarantine were being tested and monitored by medics.

The announcement followed criticism from human rights groups after the country’s largest labour camp was put into lockdown to protect the rest of the population. Hundreds of workers in the Industrial Area of Doha became infected with Covid-19, with some voicing fears they wouldn’t be able to continue sending money home if they were unable to work. The Industrial Area lockdown led to an NGO coalition, including trade unions and human rights groups, this week writing to the Doha government with a list of five demands. They ask that:
Migrant workers are tested for Covid-19 and provided with medical treatment, and the means to protect themselves from infection;
No one is detained for violating quarantine;
Migrant workers unable to work due to quarantine or illness will continue to receive their full wages;
The public is provided with information to ensure migrant workers do not face discrimination or stigma due to the virus;
Domestic workers are provided with access to protective measures, healthcare and guaranteed sick pay.

Among the signatories to the letter were Amnesty International, Building and Woodworkers International, International Transport Workers Federation and International Trade Union Confederation.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 03 Apr 2020
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