Qatari Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs Yousef Fakhro
Qatari Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs Yousef Fakhro

The State of Qatar announced the abolition of the sponsorship system for all expatriate workers in Qatar in order to offer new benefits and wonderful salaries for all expatriates on its territory. ...

Qatari Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs revealed that Qatar is currently abolishing the sponsorship system for foreign workers, which is criticized by international organizations defending the rights of workers.

In a related context, Youssef Fakhro spoke recently during the celebration of the centenary of the establishment of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in the Cultural District.

In this regard, the Minister referred to the draft law for the abolition of exit permits and its application to parties not subject to the provisions of the Qatari Labor Law and to domestic workers.

It should be noted that the "Sponsorship" Law prohibits foreign workers from leaving the country, or changing work without the prior permission of the sponsoring employer.

Youssef Fakhro added that his country is waiting for a minimum wage, noting the adoption of the law by the Council of Ministers.

The State of Qatar joined the ILO in 1972 and an office for the ILO's State of Qatar project was established in Doha in 2018, which supports the Government's work process development program.

The Minister of Labor pointed out that Qatar's keenness to launch a package of policies and legislative amendments to achieve decent work, which would establish and strengthen balanced working relations, reference work contract.

According to one report, the number of Qatari citizens is 333,000, while the total number of inhabitants is 2.7 million between residents and citizens.

It is worth mentioning that the State of Qatar is facing international pressure due to what international organizations considered negligent in the file of migrant workers and treatment methods, the latest of these organizations, Human Rights Watch announcement, the death of more than 1,300 workers from the State of Nepal working in Qatar from 2009 to 2017 Due to heat exposure.

An Amnesty International report last month revealed that Qatar had not kept all its promises to improve the conditions of foreign workers working in the country in preparation for hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Amnesty said that despite the promises of reform pledged by Qatar prior to the 2022 World Cup, it remains a hotbed for employers who are deprived of principles.

The report, titled "Everybody Works, No Wages," documents the suffering of hundreds of workers at three construction and cleaning companies in Qatar who have not been paid for months.