Analysis

New Labor Reforms in Qatar Welcomed by International Labor Organization

On Thursday, 16 January 2020, the New York Times reported that Qatar had made significant labor reforms.

Qatar abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers on Thursday in a move the U.N. labor organization said was a “milestone” in reform efforts ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar changed its labor laws in October 2018 to remove the need for most private-sector workers to obtain exit permits. The latest legislation expands those rights to domestic workers and those working in the public sector, the oil and gas industry, those employed at sea and those working in agriculture.

A government statement said the ministerial decree is “another important step taken by the Government of Qatar to create a modern labor system that strengthens Qatar’s employment laws and protects the rights of all expatriate workers.”

“The ILO warmly welcomes these changes, which will benefit many migrant workers in Qatar,” said Houtan Homayounpour, the head of the U.N. labor body’s office working with Qatar. “The removal of exit permits is an important milestone in the government’s labor reform agenda.”

 

(Image Source: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy)

 

 

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