Archived Story 2022 – The Qatari government has previously stated that they will continue to work on improving the rights of workers and address any issues that may arise during the construction of World Cup-related infrastructure. In general, the Qatari government has stated that it is committed to improving the rights and welfare of migrant workers and that the measures it has implemented are just the beginning of a long-term process of reform. Qatar’s Minister of Labour Ali bin Samikh Al Marri has responded to allegations that claimed his country is not doing “enough” to improve working conditions for migrant workers in the country ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup.
Al Marri’s letter came in response to US-based news outlet, Financial Times, which highlighted claims by international organisations such as Amnesty International that accuse Qatar of not properly implementing its labour reforms.
The FT report, headlined “Qatar under fire over conditions for migrant workers” quotes founding director of human rights group FairSquare, James Lynch, as saying: “Some of the reforms have undoubtedly been positive, but the significant structural changes just started too late — 10 years after winning the World Cup — so it is unsurprising that implementation has, at best, been not good.
Qatar’s Minister of Labour, Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, has responded to allegations that the country is not doing enough to improve the working conditions for migrant workers in the country ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He stated that the government has implemented a number of measures to improve the rights and welfare of workers, including the introduction of a minimum wage and the establishment of a complaints mechanism for workers to report abuse or exploitation. He also acknowledged that there is still more work to be done, and that the government is committed to continuing to improve the conditions for workers in Qatar.
The Qatari government has implemented a number of measures to improve the rights and welfare of migrant workers, including:
· Introduction of a minimum wage for migrant workers
· Abolishment of the “kafala” system, which tied workers to their employer and made it difficult for them to change jobs or leave the country
· Establishment of a complaints mechanism for workers to report abuse or exploitation
· Creation of a “Wage Protection System” to ensure that workers are paid on time and in full
· Introduction of a “portable” labor contract, which allows workers to take their employment contract with them if they change jobs
· Opening of the Labor Law Enforcement Coordination Unit which monitor the implementation of labor laws and regulations
· Introduction of the “Workers Support and Insurance Fund” which provides insurance and financial assistance to workers
· Introduction of a “Work Permit System” which allows workers to change employer without the need of an Exit permit
It’s worth noting that these measures were implemented in the past years and they were in response to the criticism of the human rights organizations and the international community over the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar.
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