Minister pledges consequent fulfilment of labour laws
HE the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Dr Abdullah Saleh Mubarak al-Khulaifi yesterday promised strict enforcement of the government’s labour laws following Qatar’s National Development Strategy 2011-2016. He was speaking at the opening of a training session for inspectors at the ministry. The session began yesterday and will end on January 21th.
Al-Khulaifi stated that a major role of his ministry was to find jobs for legal expat workers. He distinguished the Law No 1 of 2015 issued by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani last year. The law improves some provisions of labour regulations to protect wages.
The law made it mandatory on employers to transfer each worker’s salary to his or her account at any of the financial institutions in the country.
The minister said the law came into operation in November with “marked success”.
He also noted that HH the Emir had issued Law No 21 for 2015 in October last year which regulates the entry and exit of expats into the country.
The law replaces the kafala (sponsorship) system with a contract-based one. It comes into effect this year. According to the minister there were a total of 350 labour inspectors at the ministry. “All of them are young people who are keen to implement the international and Arab standards of the labour market,” said the minister.