Labour of­fi­cials step in to me­di­ate

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Ma­her Al Obad, As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Labour In­spec­tion Af­fairs at the Min­istry of Labour, said that of­fi­cials would en­sure com­pa­nies pay their wages on time - and that those that don’t will be re­ferred to pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion. He said the wage sit­u­a­tion had been fur­ther de­layed by the se­cu­rity firm’s owner be­ing abroad for med­i­cal treat­ment. He said: “The min­istry is es­pe­cially keen on the rights of labour­ers, as they form a large sec­tion of the coun­try’s res­i­dents. “The min­istry will re­fer the com­pany to pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion if no mech­a­nism for pay­ment is made. “The min­istry has man­aged to set­tle the de­layed wages of more than 250 work­ers, in­clud­ing 200 labour­ers who de­cided to re­sume their work at the firm, while the oth­ers ex­pressed their de­sire to re­turn to the home coun­try. “While some 150 work­ers have re­fused am­i­ca­ble set­tle­ments and showed their de­sire to move to other firms in the coun­try. “The min­istry in­ter­acted pos­i­tively with their will, and is waiting for them to iden­tify the firms they want to work for, so they can be is­sued new work per­mits that al­low them to work at th­ese es­tab­lish­ments.”

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