EU hails Qatar’s achievements in labour law reforms
Doha: The annual report of the European Union “Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2021” praised the labour law reforms in the State of Qatar, such as the abolition of the sponsorship system and the implementation of the minimum wage decision; noting that they are positive steps in labour law reforms, and that the year 2021 witnessed strong labour reforms in Qatar.
The EU report said that these new reforms made Qatar the first country in the region that allows all workers to change jobs before their contracts expire without the consent of the employer.
The report valued the relationship of the National Human Rights Committee and its regular interaction with the institutions of the European Parliament, and Qatar’s invitation to the European Union agency to visit the country.
The EU report pointed to the implementation of the new minimum wage for all workers last year, including foreign workers.
According to the EU report, Qatar is the second country in the Gulf region to set a minimum wage for migrant workers, indicating that these changes also apply to migrant workers who are not subject to labour law, such as domestic workers.
Qatar has set the minimum wage for all workers in all sectors, including domestic workers, at QR1,000 per month as a basic wage,and QR500 per month for accommodation and QR300 per month for food.
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