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Qatar Signs Bilateral Accords With 36 Nations To Protect Foreign Workforce

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In order to protect the workers of World Cup 2022, Qatar has signed 36 bilateral agreements and five MoU with the countries sending labor for the construction works in the country.

The decision was taken during a meeting between the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs H E Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi and Ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions in the State of Qatar yesterday.

The minister added that more measures would be taken to protect and support the rights of expat workers, including the establishment of an employment support fund, which would allow for the payment of overdue wages to workers in cases where their employers are delayed in paying for any reason. The project is currently under legislative procedures.

The minister also reviewed the efforts to promote and assure the rights of workers through the issuance of the latest legislations in the field of protection and care of the rights of expatriate workers, most notably Law No. (1) of 2015 which introduced the ‘wage protection system’. The law doesn’t tolerate delay or refraining from paying salaries.

The total number of beneficiaries so far is 2 million, 477 thousand and 944 workers, and the total number of companies registered in the system to date is 49 thousand and 389 companies.

The minister also analysed Law No (21) of 2015 which regulates the entry and exit f expatriates and their residence. He also stressed the importance of Law No. (15) of 2017, which provides legal protection for this category and regulates the legal relationship between the domestic worker and the employer by organizing working hours, leave, end of service benefits, complaints mechanism and other provisions.

The Minister noted that the issuance of Law No (13) of 2017 amending certain provisions of the Labor Law, which established the labor dispute settlement committee, simplified the procedures of litigation for the worker, in the context of the State’s keenness to develop mechanisms that facilitate the expatriate worker to quickly fulfill his rights.

He referred to Cabinet decision No (15) of 2017 establishing the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking to act as the national coordinator for monitoring, preventing and combating human trafficking, and finalizing the national strategy to combat human trafficking.

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