International labour bodies laud Qatar’s commitment towards ensuring workers’ rights
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) have hailed Qatar’s commitment to ensuring the rights of workers and the achievements it has made at the institutional and legislative levels to guarantee these rights.
At the opening session of the second conference on occupational safety and health, the two organisations said Qatar has made great strides in achieving international standards in the field of labour, promoting the rights of expatriate workers and providing an environment conducive to sustainable development, according to Gulf Times.
ILO’s Deputy Director General of Operations and Partnerships Mousa Oumaro said Qatar has worked hard to make arrangements for a safe working environment in the World Cup projects.
“The joint technical cooperation programme signed by Qatar and ILO reflects the commitment to cooperate to ensure that the companies involved in the projects comply with the laws and resolutions protecting workers,” he was quoted as saying by The Peninsula.
Qatar has already put in place several mechanisms like dispute settlement committee and national complaint mechanism to resolve matters quickly, he said, adding the ILO officials would assist and ensure that interests of workers are protected.
BWI Secretary General Ambit Yusen also praised Qatar for achieving remarkable progress in ensuring workers’ safety and protection in the country.
“Many work sites in Qatar have adopted the best international security and safety procedures. The work environment for construction projects in Qatar has witnessed significant developments leading to improved working conditions and safe and secure environment for the workers,” he was quoted as saying by Qatar Tribune.
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