The right to a non-discriminatory work environment is not only a fundamental principle and right at work, but is also a key component of the Technical Cooperation Programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Qatar.
A groundbreaking trainingThe training was part of the Joint Committee training programme designed to build the technical capacity of worker and management representatives. It included a detailed overview of the core principles of the ILO’s Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (No. 111) and the Violence and Harassment Convention (No. 190). The training also shed light on the interconnection between international labour standards, national labour law, and company level policies. In addition, the training promoted gender equality as a core element of workplace inclusive policies and procedures.
A key component of the event was to undertake risk and gap assessments, including of company protocols and procedures, and to align them with both relevant international labour standards and Qatari Labour Law. Joint Committees play a central role in reviewing company mechanisms and identifying areas of improvement in the awareness and implementation of internal policies (for example on how to address discrimination, violence, and harassment in the workplace).
Feedback from participants
Ahmed Kayongo Kiwanuka, worker representative at Qatari transport giant Mowasalat Karwa.
Hazel Flores, management representatives at Qatar International Cables Company (QICC-Nexans)
Next StepsUpon completion of the two-day training, the Ministry of Labour and the ILO will continue to support the participating Joint Committees in reviewing their company procedures to ensure alignment with international and national labour standards. This is part of the broader Joint Committee training programme which requires companies to conduct internal reviews of their policies, such as for Module 3 on Examining Grievances.
Building on earlier trainings, we are now supporting— ILO Project Office for the State of Qatar (@ILOQatar) August 25, 2022
#JointCommittees in strengthening companies' #grievance mechanisms. We began w/ 14 companies from transport, hospitality, maintenance, catering, & security. 🙏to @MOLQTR and to @ergonassociates for facilitating the sessions! pic.twitter.com/2S2TEcoyws
This additional support is meant to cement the outcome of the trainings in bringing about concrete changes within enterprises that enhance workers’ voice and access to justice. In part, this is done through the inclusion of Joint Committees in their corporate governance structures to prevent and address discrimination, violence, and harassment in the workplace.
In early 2023, further iterations of the training are planned to target the hospitality, cleaning, catering, and maintenance services, among others.