DOHA: Qatar introduced plans on Wednesday to scrap controversial guidelines that require some staff to acquire permits to go away the nation, and block sure staff from altering corporations with out employers’ permission.
Qatar has launched a sequence of reforms to its “kafala” sponsorship system since its choice to host the 2022 World Cup, which set in movement an enormous building programme using international staff.
The restrictive system required international staff to acquire permission from their employers to go away the nation, a system that critics stated fuelled abuses.
Final yr, the exit visa was eradicated for almost all of staff, however the authorities at the moment are extending that to the rest.
“Cupboard has adopted new laws associated to a brand new regulation for minimal wage and in addition a brand new regulation to facilitate labour switch to a brand new employer… and a draft regulation to abolish exit permits,” Labour Minister Yousuf Mohamed al-Othman Fakhroo stated at an occasion in Doha.
Othman didn’t state what the minimal wage shall be, however the authorities had set it provisionally at 750 riyals ($206) per 30 days.
Some two million international staff work in Qatar, many employed straight or not directly on huge World Cup infrastructure initiatives.
In February, the gas-rich Gulf state stated it was dedicated to labour reforms, following an Amnesty Worldwide report that the 2022 World Cup host was failing to cease widespread abuse of staff.
Doha stated it was heading in the right direction to ship “lasting” change after the human rights group stated it was “working out of time” to implement the reforms earlier than the World Cup.