Posted on April 25, 2019

Coinciding with the celebration of International Workers’ Day which will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs HE Yousef bin  Mohammed  Al Othman Fakhro, a book titled ‘Qatar’s Contributions to Protect Rights of Workers’ will be launched on May 1.

The book is considered an important documentation for the development of legislation and the great efforts exerted by Qatar to provide the best work environment to workers.

It comprises five chapters dealing with comprehensive information about Qatar’s contributions through the labour law and the specific measures taken in this field. The most important of these measures are the abolition of the sponsorship system, establishment of a support fund for workers, establishment of a minimum wage for workers and granting Permanent Residency. The book also documents local trends and actions taken over the past year, as well as reports from government and private companies and institutions on their efforts regarding the rights of expat workers. It highlights the role of the National Human Rights Committee as an independent monitoring entity to protect workers’ rights as well as the commitment of most companies to the principle of social responsibility to protect workers’ rights.

Moreover, it deals with agreements signed with labour-exporting countries, which guarantee the highest standards for the protection of workers’ rights. The book deals with the service and health facilities established by Qatar for workers, especially hospitals and health centres that have recently opened and equipped with the latest medical equipment to provide the best treatment services to workers. The book specialised a chapter on the workers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup projects, and the special care they are getting.

Qatar has achieved a lot in the field of protecting workers’ rights and the conference comes at a time when many international organisations are appreciating Qatar’s role in this regard. Qatar has become a model for ensuring the rights of workers and adopting the best standards for workers’ care based on a series of laws and regulations issued in recent months.

source: The Peninsula