Qatar effectively dismantles the country’s long-criticised “kafala” employment system

New work rules in the energy-rich country of Qatar “effectively dismantles” the nation’s for quite some time condemned the “kafala” business framework, a UN labor body said on Sunday.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) said starting at now, following the reception on 30 August 2020 of Law No. 18 of 2020, traveler laborers would now be able to change occupations before the finish of their agreement without first acquiring a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their employer. This new law, combined with the evacuation of exit permit requirements prior in the year, successfully dismantles the “kafala” sponsorship framework and imprints the start of another time for the Qatari labor market.

Qatar also adopted new legislation today which establish a minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals (QAR) which will enter into force six months after the law’s publication in the Official Gazette as stated by ILO. This applies to workers of every nationality working in any sector including Domestic workers. The lowest pay permitted by law rule expects businesses to pay recompenses for lodging and food too on the off chance that they don’t give those to their laborers.

This comes as Qatar will have the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Arabian Peninsula country. Having the triumphant offered for the soccer competition acquired restored consideration regarding workers’ privileges Qatar. These laws bolster the progress towards a more talented and beneficial workforce, which is a key objective in Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

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