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Majority of expat workers registered under bogus companies

Nearly 150,000 expat workers are currently registered under bogus companies, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour has discovered, ever-since the implementation of automates system.

Speaking about this issue, the Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs at the Ministry, Jamal Al-Dousari, said that the Ministry has come across several such bogus companies, and the Ministry plans to eliminate such firms, due to their negative impact on the nation.

These companies are behind the proliferation of marginal workers in the country, which remains to be the target of international human rights organizations due to this issue.

Al-Dousari emphasized that the Ministry has taken various measures to address the problem, such as suspending issuance of work permits, which is being implemented for five years now. Further, the Ministry has exempted fine for some job categories, depending on actual manpower needs.

In another development, the Deputy Director, Labour Relations Department, Hadi Al-Anzi, said that the department will be moving to Behbehani Complex, in accordance with directives of Al-Dousari.

Al-Anzi revealed the department will implement new mechanism to receive complaints and settle labour disputes within two weeks. He clarified that this step coincides with development and automation of the system at the Ministry, to better serve the labourers and owners of the companies.

He said that the department handles all types of labour disputes within two weeks, and that the department receives an average of 200 complaints every day.

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