ILO Project Office for the State of Qatar

  1. In 2017 the State of Qatar and the ILO entered into a partnership to support Qatar's ambitious labour reform agenda, ensuring compliance with ratified international labour Conventions and fundamental principles and rights at work in the State of Qatar.There's been major progress since.

Qatar's achievements supported by the ILO

Wage Protection

  • New regulation on non-discriminatory minimum wage with a minimum wage commission to monitor its impact and propose adjustments, if necessary, on an annual basis
  • Enhanced wage protection system, based on a series of recommendations to emerge from a comprehensive independent assessment
  • Creation of a worker’s support and insurance Fund

Labour inspection Policy and occupational safety and health

  • New labour Inspection Policy and an Occupational Safety and Health Policy to ensure more strategic, coordinated and data-driven approaches
  • New legislation to better protect workers from heat stress during summer
  • Comprehensive training plan for 2019-2021, in collaboration with the Institute of Public Administration, including trainings for labour inspectors

Kafala, recruitment and working conditions

  • New legislation to dismantle the most problematic and restrictive elements of the kafala – or sponsorship- system, such as the requirements for workers to obtain exit permits and no-objection certificates to change employers
  • Protection for domestic workers in a new standard employment contract, and awareness raising campaign on domestic workers’ rights under the Law
  • Piloted models of fair recruitment, and promoted due diligence through newly formed Working Groups in the hospitality and security sectors, and also for public procurement

Forced Labour

  • Creation of shelters for male and female victims of trafficking, forced labour and exploitation
  • Over 200 labour inspectors and frontline staff of the Labour Relations Department trained on forced labour and trafficking
  • Analysis of the national legislation with regard to the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, with a view to possible ratification

Workers’ voice

  • New legislation on the election of workers’ representatives in joint committees: in just over one year, 107 workers’ representatives were elected to represent almost 17,000 employees in 20 establishments
  • Platforms to elevate the priorities and discussions emerging from joint committees - at the contractor, sectoral level and national levels
  • Strengthened the complaints mechanism of the Qatari Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA), based on a series of recommendations that resulted from a comprehensive joint assessment