Doha: The State of Qatar recruits expatriate labour forces to meet its ambitious development plans and the government has introduced many legislative reforms to improve work conditions and enhance good practices in the labour market as well as in recruitment process, a senior official has said.
The government believes that creating conducive work environment encourage productivity and efficiency, said Fawaz Al Rayes, Director of Recruitment at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA).
“The media has an essential role to reflect the significant reforms in labour market and progress has been made in the protection of labour rights,” he added.
Al Rayes, who was speaking during a roundtable meeting organised yesterday by the Ministry in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO) project Office in Doha, said Qatar need efficient and committed labour forces to implement Qatar National Vision 2030.
At the opening of the meeting, Abdulaziz Rashid Al Kubaisi, Director of Public Relation and Communication at the Ministry said, “This workshop comes within the frameworks of the technical cooperation between the government and ILO to ensure compliment with the provisions of international labour conversion and achieve the principles of labour rights in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 looking for further cooperation to serve the labourers.”
Mohammed Ali Al Meer, Manager of Labour Inspection Department at MADLSA, said the Ministry implements the labour laws which protects the rights of all parties, including employers and make anyone violating the terms and conditions of the work contract accountable of his violation whether he is employee or employer in accordance to article 61 of the labour law. He said that Labour Administration Department receives complaints from workers and companies which address on a daily basis.
For his part, Houran Homayyounpour, Head of Project Office, ILO, said the three years programme of the organisation here includes protection of labour wage, enhance inspections and safety and occupational health systems, develop contract system and strengthening the role of dispute settlement mechanisms by supporting the labour Dispute Settlement Committee.
Homayyounpour hailed the progress Qatar has made in improving the work environment through a series of law reforms it has introduced and commitment it has shown in implementation.
“No country is safe from problems including Qatar that is why the government asked ILO to come here. Qatar should be congratulated not only for admitting the existence of problems but also for is desire and work to solve them. When it comes to labour rights the State of Qatar has achieved an amazing milestone in the past two years,” he added.
He said that employers launch complains against workers also on daily basis, such as runaway cases, and the ILO works closely with all parties including concerned people, workers, government and whatever we do, we consult the three groups and we make sure that the rights of all are protected.
“The ILO is getting the support from the government in implementing the laws, and we all work together to ensure better living conditions for workers,” he said, adding that the Ministry is facilitating visits to workplaces.
He said that there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to domestic workers. He rejected the baseless accusations being made by some media outlets abroad against the State of Qatar.
Homayyounpour stressed that focusing on negative aspects is not accepted and the ILO believe on the importance of having balanced protections of all parties, labour, companies, and government.
Charles Autheman, Media and Communication expert at the ILO office, Qatar, highlighted some media tools for forced labour, wage protection mechanisms and fair recruitment. He said ILO office is going to introduce a training programme focusing on students to teach them how to cover labour related issues.
“Under current globalisation, ILO faces many challenges to cover changing taking place in different countries and make necessary follow up to the development in labour market,” said Autheman. He highlighted the organisation’s strategy based on enhancement of communication with different parties, preparation of media portfolio on faced labour and fair recruitment, support and train journalists covering labour issues. Journalists attending the event stressed the importance of enhancing communications with the Ministry and ILO office in Doha facilitating field visits and work sites to convey the real situation of workers.