New labour guidelines within the energy-rich nation of Qatar “successfully dismantles” the nation’s long-criticised “kafala” employment system, a UN labour physique mentioned Sunday.
The Worldwide Labor Group mentioned as of now, migrant employees can change jobs earlier than the top of their contracts with out acquiring the permission of their present employers.
Qatar additionally has adopted a minimal month-to-month wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals (USD 275) for employees, which is able to take have an effect on some six months after the legislation is revealed within the nation’s official gazette, the ILO mentioned. The minimal wage rule requires employers to pay allowances for housing and meals as nicely if they do not present these for his or her employees.
Qatar, whose residents get pleasure from one of many world’s highest per-capita incomes as a consequence of its pure fuel reserves, partially ended the “kafala” system in 2018. That system ties employees to their employers, who had say over whether or not they may depart their jobs and even the nation.
Qatar is being remodeled by a constructing growth fuelled by its huge oil and pure fuel wealth. Like different energy-rich Gulf nations with comparatively small native populations, Qatar depends on nicely over one million visitor employees, lots of them drawn from South Asian nations together with India and Nepal. Rights activists lengthy have criticized the “kafala” system as permitting abuses of these overseas employees.
This comes as Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup within the Arabian Peninsula nation. Having the successful bid for the soccer event introduced renewed consideration to labourers’ rights in Qatar.