Qatar will not go back on sponsorship law change

Qatar’s government has once again assured that there is no going back on its promise to change the sponsorship and exit permit system for the benefit of foreign workers, reports The Peninsula.

The term ‘sponsorship’ is being replaced in the new legislation and the new system will be based completely on the job contract of workers signed with their employers.

The rights and duties of the worker will be in the contract and the terms and conditions will be mutually agreed to between him and his employer.
Measures to introduce the new system are being taken and the new legislation is being finalised, said HE Abdullah Saleh Mubarak Al Khulaifi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.

“There is absolutely no question of the sponsorship law not being changed, but right now a definite timeframe cannot be given. Qatar has fulfilled all its legal obligations in the past and will do so in future as well. The law is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior,” he said.

Al Khulaifi was speaking at a function held by the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of an initiative of the Foreign Ministry to let heads of diplomatic missions in Doha meet senior Qatari officials and discuss labour and other issues.

Al Khulaifi, said at the meeting that although full consensus was not there on the draft sponsorship law, Qatar will nevertheless go ahead and implement it because it is in the interest of the country, the workers and everyone else.

The numbers

Below are the statistics related to labour complaints, as revealed by the Minister.

  • Last year, the Ministry’s inspection department conducted 51,000 raids on companies to check their compliance with the labour law and 200 firms were banned
  • Additionally, at least 14 manpower agencies in Doha were blacklisted for violating recruitment rules.
  • Ministry received some 9,600 labour complaints last year of which a majority, 6,800 were resolved amicably and 800 were sent to the court through the public prosecution.
  • With help from the Embassy of Nepal, some 55 manpower agencies in Nepal were banned for violating recruitment rules.
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