The workers of Doha-based Qatar Freelance Trading and Contracting and the Qatar Middle East Company failed to turn up to work after claiming they were paid only 600 Qatari riyals (about US$164.79) per month instead of the minimum 900 riyals (US$247.16) fixed by the Qatari government.
“The employers said they were unable to pay the workers 900 riyals every month but are prepared to send them home,” Lilanath Dahal, labour attache at the Nepalese embassy in Qatar, told Bernama.
Dahal said efforts were under way to negotiate a salary to enable the workers to continue working with their companies.
Qatar is the second most popular destination for Nepali workers after Malaysia.
More than 3,00,000 Nepalese are currently working in Qatar with the majority in construction companies.