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Their life, their story

Their life, their story

Every week, we speak to a few low-income workers who allow us a peek into their lives in Qatar. The three workers we spoke to this week were oblivious to the global media frenzy on migrant rights in the country.
This is their life, their story.

  • SUNIL SHYAMLAL SUNIL SHYAMLAL AGE: 22
    NATIONALITY: Indian
    BEEN IN QATAR: Almost 1 year
    HIS LIFE, HIS STORY:
    "I do construction work and was recruited for this job through a manpower supply company. I live in a labour camp where I share a room with 10 others.
    "I don't mind working in Qatar as I am paid well but I don't receive any perks from my employer. My only grouse is that I receive an air ticket to fly home to India for a maximum of two months once in two years. However, this is only a one-way ticket and I usually have to pay for my own trip back to Qatar.
    "I worked in Saudi Arabia before I moved to Qatar and was paid a lot more than now."
  • GANESH B.K. GANESH B.K. AGE: 21
    NATIONALITY: Nepalese
    BEEN IN QATAR: 14 months
    HIS LIFE, HIS STORY:
    "I work as a painter in Qatar. I am generally content with my life in Doha, but I wouldn't recommend working in Qatar to my family and friends back home. I live in an employer-provided accommodation in Al Shahaniya, around 60 kms away from Doha. I share a room with 9 other people. My work hours are from 5.30 in the morning to 6 in the evening. My employer does provide me and my coworkers with dinner if we are required to work overtime.
    "I get Fridays off and like to spend Thursday evenings out with friends. We walk around the souq area until late or just sit down to chat somewhere. I like to spend time sleeping, cleaning and 'showering' on Fridays."
  • DARWIN RAYO DARWIN RAYO AGE: 37
    NATIONALITY: Filipino
    BEEN IN QATAR: 6 months
    HIS LIFE, HIS STORY:
    "I work as a glass technician in Qatar. This is my second stint in Qatar; I was here earlier in 2005. I have worked in a number of countries around the world, including the US. I am not too happy about the terms of my employment. Even if we accidentally damage company property we are required to pay for it ourselves.
    "I live in accommodation provided by my employer, which is very noisy due to its proximity to a fabrication site. This is a health hazard too. In terms of salary and benefits, I am paid on time, but do not receive any additional benefits such as air tickets or sick leave days or any overtime wages. Also, my employer docks payment even if we are late by a few minutes."

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  1. Mohammad Mohsin khan

    Dear, Sir I am Bangladeshi. My name is Mohsin khan.I am working in Doha Qatar at,( Sahniya Majra) Its very Difficult work . 13 Hours Dutey. No Time table & No Deciplene. My Mazra Four Man.He is Mesurie. His Behave same same (Feraun) .His telk very unclusar. 3 month 10 people cancel this Mazra. Four man. Said 13 Hours Dutey.No over time. Its really Really Difficult. I want to 8 hour Dutey & Time table & Deciplene. Please Help me & Us.My mobile Number is 66040709( My talk No believe us please enquiry . And See my Mazra. All People is very sad my Mazra. Because 13 Hours Dutey. No overtime. And Four Man behaviour is very Very very very Hard.

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