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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Changes to Qatar’s labor law ‘drawing near,’ foreign minister says

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Khalid Al Attiyah

Qatar will be revamping its kafala sponsorship system soon, but not just because of the upcoming 2022 World Cup. Rather, it wishes to correct errors, if there are any, as it develops itself further as a nation, the country’s foreign minister has said.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the visiting German Foreign Minister yesterday, Dr. Khalid Al Attiyah has affirmed that labor law changes are “near,” saying:

“The State of Qatar has a vision until 2030 and not just until the hosting the World Cup 2022. We are serious and if there are errors, we will correct them and that’s what we’ve done actually when we appointed an international consultant to study what is possible to develop the relationship between the employer the worker.

We have taken steps that preceded the result of the report on the improvement of the legal procedures and we are now on the process of developing the labor law and have made serious steps, including drawing near to the amendment of the law.”

According to the DLA Piper report that Al Attiyah referenced, changes were supposed to be completed by the end of May.

Changes

However, when officials announced plans to revise the current sponsorship system, they warned it would take time and have to go through the country’s Chamber of Commerce and gain approval from the Advisory (Shura) Council.

Proposed changes include making it easier for expats to leave the country and change jobs. However, they stopped short of abolishing the exit permit system and no objection certificates required to switch employers, disappointing many expats.

Al Attiyah also said that “Qatar welcomes all who want to visit the open spaces where there are large-scale projects to inspect the safety standards and criteria for dealing with the workforce in Qatar,” QNA reports.

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Brian Candy
Brian Candy
7 years ago

“However, they stopped short of abolishing the exit permit system and no objection certificates required to switch employers”, so nothing is changing then. No need to go through the country’s Chamber of Commerce and gain approval from the Advisory (Shura) Council as everything is remaining as was except for a name change and a slightly different mechanism that has the same outcome.

Ano
Ano
7 years ago
Reply to  Brian Candy

Irony is foreign minister doing the job of labor minister… This is what happens when Someone else does the job…..

desertCard
desertCard
7 years ago

“Proposed changes include making it easier for expats to leave the country and change jobs…”

The new airport will make it easier to leave is what he’s saying.

AFG
AFG
7 years ago

I better hold my breath again. This time I’m sure it wont be disappointed~

sadam
sadam
7 years ago

boooring.

Paul
Paul
7 years ago

And this news comes 1 day after the latest bribery allegations

johnny wang
johnny wang
7 years ago

…………Looks like the changes will really take a long, long time to come around… while the wait goes on and on

robin strawhat
robin strawhat
7 years ago

the “NEAR” to this people are minimum of 10 years..so better wait 10 years…oops thats 2024 right? ok then wait 8 years exactly 2022.. after world cup this country will be a ghost town if their labor law is still stupid as they are..oops if the world cup will happen in Qatar.. I hope not..

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago

I think a new publicity photo is order for the minister.

Anon
Anon
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

I think I’ve found his long lost bro…..Ron Jeremy!

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago
Reply to  Anon

Off course by Doha news standards this is completely acceptable…

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

Or Doha news can be more tasteful in how they wish to spin stories … ie

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I am curious, how do you see this story being spun?

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago
Reply to  SullyofDoha

Referring how they select their photos … Dad allows kid to starve.. Show him horse back riding.. Dude accused of stealing money from children tv channel.. Show calm and composed with Qatari kids in the background …

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

It’s clear from the photo that Doha News is not a great fan of the minister. It reminds me of the Fox News-selected photos of Obama or the photos CNN would pick of Bush. Never flattering.

Michael L
Michael L
7 years ago

Anyone remember when the law was changed in 2009 to allow wives to sponsor their husbands ? Anyone who tried to operationalise that will know how difficult it was to actualise, I’d be very interested to know the actual numbers… My point: even if the law is changed the beaureaucrats will subvert it and make sure it doesn’t happen.

Greeker
Greeker
7 years ago

The last time I held my breath in anticipation, I almost choked and nothing changed.
So this time, I’ll just breathe easy and say “I’ll believe it once I see it”

SeeNoEvil
SeeNoEvil
7 years ago
Reply to  Greeker

seeing is believing

stephen williams
stephen williams
7 years ago

doesnt qatar know how the rest of the world works? slavery and bonded labour are so 19th century.

Ajit Unnikrishnan
Ajit Unnikrishnan
7 years ago

It is not just the khafala system that needs to change. Couple of years ago, they deported my mother without giving any explanation. All i did was to submit an application for renewal of her visit visa for second time. Instead of rejecting the application if extension not possible, her passport was taken away from immigration by the police and i had to submit a ticket to the police and take my old aged and unhealthy mother (on wheelchair) to the airport at a given date, 6 hours before the departure time. I had to lie to my mother for the long wait that it was a busy day, just to hide the guilty feeling and not to let her feel embarrassed and bad about Qatar. This is what an expat who has lived and worked for 20+ years in this country had to undergo. A mother who came to visit her son and family was treated like a criminal. Very unfortunate and embarrassing indeed. This won’t happen to any expat in my country for sure.

PlanetCitizen
PlanetCitizen
7 years ago

I say…When the going gets tough, the tough gets going…..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIxUKbV0UEM&feature=kp

SeeNoEvil
SeeNoEvil
7 years ago
Reply to  PlanetCitizen

i love dis hahahaha

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago

why does dohanews.co keep deleting my msgz or not approving them?

A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

is it okay for dohanews.co staff if a post compares the pic a high level offical representative of Qatar to a pic of a adult film star?

Luciano Salvatore
Luciano Salvatore
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Depends. are you a producer?

SeeNoEvil
SeeNoEvil
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

probably your words are difficult to comprehend #kidding

Lelouch
Lelouch
7 years ago

this changes is the same for our salary increment. “SOON”

luuke
luuke
7 years ago

What is labor laws ?? Is it some sort of slave trade regulation ?? Is this a news article from the 1800’s ??? Maybe I’m hallucinating….

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