Qatar has amended labor reforms for the migrant workers.
The country has abolished the rule requiring employers’ consent to change labor jobs. It also said that a basic monthly minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals ($274) has been decided for laborers.
According to the international news agency, migrant workers were required to obtain employer’s permission – a no-objection certificate (NOC)- before changing jobs.
However, the new system named “kafala” (the Arabic word for sponsorship) has been introduced in Qatar according to which migrant workers can now change their jobs before the end of their contract subject to a notice period.
“Either party must provide one month written notice in the first two years of the contract or two months’ notice beyond the second year of the contract,” the MADLSA said in a statement.
It added that the ministry will be “working with employers to update all employment contracts where workers earn less than the amount established by the new law [minimum wage], which will come into force after 6 months of its publication in the official gazette”.
History made today! All workers can now change jobs (no more NOC!) and non-discriminatory monthly minimum wage adopted. Momentous steps in labour reform process in #Qatar. See https://t.co/rdGFZ9vkW7 @ADLSAQa @IOE_voice @ITUC @ITFglobalunion @BWIglobal @IDWFED @uniglobalunion pic.twitter.com/BReww3FCCp
— ILO Project Office for the State of Qatar (@ILOQatar) August 30, 2020
Earlier, an international news source reported how migrant workers struggled to face salary delays and NOC restrictions.
Addressing these issues, the MADLSA statement added: “As part of our efforts to boost the effectiveness of the Wage Protection System, the new amendments … prescribe stricter penalties for employers who fail to pay their workers’ wages and introduce penalties for employers who fail to provide adequate accommodation for their workers.”
On the other hand, Qatar has also announced the provision of 500 riyals ($137) for accommodation and 300 riyals ($82.2) for food if those expenses are not provided as part of the contract.