Qatar labour reforms safeguard rights of expat workers, says Sheikh Thani

Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA) at Qatar Chamber recently participated in a regional webinar titled “responsible governance in labour law” which was organised by Innovation Dome Consulting and Training in Jordan.
QICCA Board Member for International Relations Sheikh Dr. Thani bin Ali Al Thani participated in the webinar which is part of the 11th Zad Knowledge Council an honour guest.
Addressing the webinar, Sheikh Thani said that Qatar’s labour laws have witnessed numerous reforms since Labor Law No. 3 of 1962, and the subsequent laws such as Law No. 11 of 1962 for the Establishment of the Commercial Registry System and laws amending it, Law No. 3 of 1963 concerning the Regulation of Foreigners’ Entry and Residence in Qatar and laws amending it, Law No. 3 of 1984 Regulating the Sponsoring of the Residence and Exit of Foreigners, which is amended by Law No. 21 of 2002 and Law No. 14 of the year 1992 on the Regulation of the Recruitment of Workers from Abroad for Others.
Other laws include Law Law No. 23 of 1994 with respect to the Compounding Regulation of the Crimes stipulated in Law No. 14 of 1992 on the Regulation of Recruitment of Workers from Abroad for Other Parties, Law No. 7 of 1999 regulating the Ministry of Civil Service and Housing Affairs and specifying its Functions and Law No. 5 of 2002, promulgating the Law of Commercial Companies.
Sheikh Thani also said that since Qatar won 2022 FIFA World Cup bid, some foreign newspapers and human rights organizations started to attack Qatar on the pretext of violating workers’ rights, but these attacks ignored the reforms witnessed by the labour market in the state.
Elaborating on such reforms, Sheikh Thani noted that the Qatari labour market witnessed significant reforms especially in 2013 and 2014, when the state established a wage protection system for workers so that the labourers’ wages are transferred to banks within a maximum period of the fourth day of the month, noting that if the company does not transfer wages during that period, the services belonging to that company will be blocked and it will be referred to the Public Prosecution for non-payment of wages.
HE stressed that these reforms support and safeguard the rights of labourers in Qatar.
Reforms also included cancelling the country’s exit permit system and allowing workers to change employers freely, he added.