Legislation wont come into effect for at least 12 months
- The reforms were approved on 27 October
- Reforms wont come into effect until 12 months after the law is published in the official gazette
- Qatars labour laws have been widely criticised for leaving workers vulnerable to exploitation
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has approved changes to the countrys controversial labour sponsorship (kafala) system, which is used to monitor migrant workers.
The reforms were approved on 27 October, but wont come into effect until 12 months after the law is published in the official gazette, according to the Qatar News Agency.
Qatars kafala system has been widely criticised for leaving workers vulnerable to exploitation and has been likened to a form of modern-day slavery by the International Trade Union Confederation.
Under the current system, Qatari nationals earn money by sponsoring migrant workers and have the power to prevent employees from changing jobs or leaving the country.
It is thought that one of the areas of focus in the new reforms is the appeal process for employees who are denied permission to leave the country by their employers.
Under the new law, migrant workers will not need permission from their sponsor to change jobs.
The latest move to reform Qatars labour legislation comes 17 months after Doha promised to abolish the kafala system in May 2014.
A MEED Subscription...
Subscribe or upgrade your current MEED.com package to support your strategic planning with the MENA region’s best source of business information. Proceed to our online shop below to find out more about the features in each package.