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Posted On: 12 January 2009 09:50 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Ministry plans cell to monitor timely payment of wages by private firms

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THE Ministry of Labour has finalised arrangements to set up a cell to monitor payment of wages by all private sector firms to their respective employees, says a report published in the local Arabic daily Arrayah. The cell will be a part of the labour inspection department and will ensure that the private sector firms abide by the scheduled dates of payment of salaries and wages to their employees. The cell will also deal with the complaints from labourers on non-payment of wages and do its best to reduce the number of such complaints. It will scrutinise the salary registers and other ledgers to ensure that payments are made according to set procedures. In a yet another new development, the labour office will question the proprietors of firms who wantonly delay payment of salaries and wages to their employees for more than two months. One such defaulter was recently summoned for questioning at the interior and labour ministries, says the report. The labour office will very shortly put on operation a round the clock hotline No. 4406346 for complaints. In a related development, the labour office has withheld the papers of several firms that have been on default in payment of wages. According to the office, 42% of the complaints received were settled amicably while 41% have been withheld and 6% have been referred to the courts. Most of the complaints were from workers in the construction industry followed by those in wholesale and retail trading besides workers who repair vehicles and boats. In terms of nationality as much as 85% of the complainants were Asian labourers. Great news indeed.