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About 400 migrant staff working for an electrical company in Qatar have gone unpaid for up to four months, a media report said on Tuesday.

About 400 migrant staff working for an electrical company in Qatar have gone unpaid for up to four months, a media report said on Tuesday.

The workers are set to meet the Indian ambassador in Doha within the next two weeks to discuss their plight, Arvin Patil of the Indian Community Benevolent Forum charity told a news agency.

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“Around 300 to 400 people have not been paid,” said Patil.

The failure to pay them comes despite the introduction of a Wage Protection System (WPS) last November, meant to ensure that wages are paid electronically.

Bosses of firms which do not comply with the law face fines or imprisonment.

According to the reports, Qatar faces an estimated budget deficit of more than USD12 billion in 2016, its first in 15 years, and officials have warned further deficits would follow in 2017 and 2018.

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