October 31, 2020

Qatar introduces favourable migrant workers Laws

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Qatar introduces minimum wage and lifts restrictions on workers changing jobs

Amnesty praises move but calls on Doha to remove laws which criminalise workers for absconding from employers

Following heightened pressure from International Organisations and rights advocates, Qatar has announced plans to change its labour laws by

“introducing a minimum wage and scrapping a requirement for workers to get permission from their employers to change jobs”. 

READ: MIGRANTS RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN QATAR

This has been promted by global crirism of the Gulf kingdom over its treatment of migrant workers as it prepares for Qatar 2022

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) said on Sunday

“the new minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals ($274) will come into effect in six months time”

In addition to the minimum wage, the ministry has also announced

Provision of 500 riyals ($137) for accommodation and 300 riyals ($82) for food if those expenses are not provided as part of the contract.

The Qatar’s kafala (sponsorship) system which makes it difficult for migrants to change jobs is also been abloished.

“The removal of the NOC will be implemented immediately” “We call on Qatar to go further’

“This is a huge step towards our labour reforms,”

“These reforms are in the best interest of Qatar, its guest workers and employers.”

Labour ministry assistant undersecretary Mohammed Hassan al-Obaidly told Reuters.

The United Nations Labour Agency hailed the change and said it gave workers more freedom and protection, and employers more choice. 

Qatar will be the first country in the Gulf to implement a

“non-discriminatory minimum wage and remove the no-objection certificate for employers”. 

Amnesty International praised the move but also called on the Qatari authorities to remove the laws which criminalise workers for absconding from their employers. 

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