Qatar ‘dismantles’ kafala employment system: UN labour physique

Dubai, August 30

New labour guidelines within the energy-rich nation of Qatar “effectively dismantles” the nation’s long-criticised “kafala” employment system, a UN labour physique stated Sunday.

The International Labor Organization stated as of now, migrant employees can change jobs earlier than the tip 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 impact some six months after the regulation is printed within the nation’s official gazette, the ILO stated. The minimal wage rule requires employers to pay allowances for housing and meals as properly in the event that they don’t present these for his or her employees.

Qatar, whose residents take pleasure in one of many world’s highest per-capita incomes on account 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 reworked 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 properly over 1,000,000 visitor employees, a lot of them drawn from South Asian nations together with India and Nepal. Rights activists lengthy have criticised the “kafala” system as permitting abuses of these international 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. — AP


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