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Qatar introduces minimum wage for first time

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Qatar will be introducing a minimum wage for the World Cup workers and has signed bilateral accords with 36 countries from which the workers have arrived. In order to provide legal protection for workers.

The minimum wage initiative and the agreements were announced by H E Issa Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, during a meeting with foreign diplomats.

A minimum wage would aim to “meet the necessary needs of the worker to live at an appropriate humanitarian level”, said the minister,

Qatar had introduced the Wage Protection System in February 2015, which was designed to ensure workers receive their salaries electronically.

“Following discussions in Doha there is a clear government commitment to normalise industrial protections for migrant workers,” said International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

“These initiatives have the support of the ITUC, and we hope that implementation will be also supported by the ILO with its technical expertise,” she added.

“We congratulate the Emir and Qatar’s Labour Minister for their commitment to modernise their industrial relations system,” said Sharan Burrow.

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