Qatar’s government said it adopted a new minimum wage law and will scrap mandatory exit visas for all workers, part of a broad labour reform program ahead of its hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
The Gulf state, which relies on about 2 million migrant workers for the bulk of its labour force is also planning to ease curbs on changing employers, Qatar’s administrative development, labour and social affairs ministry said.
Qatar, along with other wealthy Gulf Arab states, has come under fire for what rights groups describe as poor labour conditions. Doha is keen to show it is tackling allegations of worker exploitation as it prepares to host the 2022 soccer World Cup, which it hopes will boost its economy and development.
The statement said the cabinet had adopted new legislation related to the draft law on a minimum wage, though it did not disclose what level the wage could be.
It added it passed another draft law which will lead to the scrapping of exit permits for all workers, adding work was also underway to enable employees to change employers more easily.
Qatar last year eliminated exit visas for some foreign migrant workers, but rights groups considered the reform incomplete as it did not apply to domestic workers and allowed companies to keep the visa the requirement for up to 5% of staff. The International Labor Organization described the measures as “a momentous step forward in upholding the rights of migrant workers” and said they were aimed at ending the “kafala” (sponsorship system).
This system is common in Gulf states where large portions of the population are foreign. In Qatar, it requires workers to obtain their employers’ consent before changing jobs, which advocacy groups say leaves them open to abuse.
These new reforms were expected to come into force by January 2020. And the oyster will also arrive thanks to the desert, currently under construction: a massive deployment of forces to build the eight stages for 2022 and the new infrastructure, in time for the kick-off. The new metro is practically ready – at a not so big cost – while hotels are growing visibly.
Meanwhile, a Thessaloniki economic immigrant had a business in Thessaloniki but fell victim to the economic crisis. So in 2011, he had to close his business and look for other jobs. Everyone was talking about his salary of 600 to 700 euros, but of course, he didn’t have enough money to live with his family. So he decided to try something else. As soon as he received a proposal from Qatar, he hardly thought about it. So, in 2012, he went to Doha and works at a construction company. When you have two kids to live with, things, as you understand them, are not easy.
“It was not a difficult decision to leave because I had worked abroad again ‘When you need it, you don’t think about anything. From being unemployed and drowning in a house … You’re leaving! “.
She works 10 hours in Qatar. From 6:00 in the morning until 17:00 in the afternoon, and there is a one-hour gap. Then the temperatures go up, the hours are shorter and if it gets 50 degrees, black flags come out and the job stops. Every Christmas, Easter and summer he returns home.
Living conditions are very good. The wages for the working class are 2,500 to 3,000 euros a month and their companies provide them with houses to stay. Now she lives in a villa that has five master rooms, downstairs has offices, two lounges and a kitchen …