Qatar welcomes ILO decision to close complaint

 09 Nov 2017 - 8:55

Qatar welcomes ILO decision to close complaint
File photo of an image that shows buildings in Doha, Qatar, June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

The Peninsula

Qatar  has welcomed ILO decision to close its 2014 complaint against Qatar. Qatar’s Government Communication office said yesterday the announcement was an acknowledgement of the important steps the government of Qatar has taken to develop a modern labour system that is fair to employers and employees alike.  

The statement noted that Qatar National Vision 2030 recognised the need to improve the living and working conditions of its migrant labour force well before contractors broke ground on World Cup sites.

Recent years saw Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs initiated a sweeping new program to upgrade workers’ housing by creating modern accommodations for the nations migrant labourers. A total of nine new labour accommodations that will house more than 340,000 guest workers are close to completion at sites throughout the country. 

Qatar has also increased health care facilities with the construction of three modern hospitals and four new health centres for the nations migrant workers. 

Additionally, the government inaugurated a new labour contract system, with a Wage Protection System put in place to facilitate electronic transfer of workers’ pay. 

The Government has also engaged with NGOs like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Trade Union Confederation to establish best practices for labour policies and has pledged to implement the highest standards for migrant labour in the region. 

The GCO expressed appreciation to the insights of all those who have provided their international expertise and helped shape Qatar’s legal and procedural developments with whom Qatar will continue to work closely to ensure protection of workers’ rights. GCO stressed that Qatar developed a comprehensive programme of technical cooperation with ILO to ensure the reforms are aligned with global best practice, as Qatar is committed to the next stage of these reforms, and is developing a timeline for their full implementation.

The GCO expressed Qatar’s enormous gratitude to the millions of workers who have helped build the country’s infrastructure and the country will continue improving their living and working conditions in the years ahead.