[UPDATE] QU catering staff protest; receive payment
Catering staff at Qatar University who protested non-payment yesterday (see report below) have rejoined work, after receiving their dues late last evening. There are around 95 workers seconded to QU by the contracting company, Abraj International.
An official from the contracting company told JustHere that the staff were usually paid by the 18th of every month, but this month there was a further delay in payment due to certain financial problems that the company was facing. However, he assured that the staff were given their salaries yesterday evening.
According to the official the staff only came in late, and did not stay away from work entirely.
Some of the workers (who live in a camp in the Industrial area) spoke to JustHere. Delayed payments every month affected their families back home, who dependent on the money they send, they said.
22 MAY 2013, WEDNESDAY
Earlier today the catering staff at Qatar University, who are employees of private contracting and services company Abraj International, stayed away from work in protest of non-payment of salaries. The staff who run the tea service have not been paid for two months. Though Qatar University has paid the contracting company, sources say the company had failed to pay its staff. JustHere spoke to some of the workers who said they stayed away only for a few hours before the company stepped in and promised that they would be paid by end of day. Qatar University administration was not available after hours for a comment. We also tried speaking to the HR manager of Abraj, but no comment was forthcoming.