Qatar to abolish kafala system by January 2020

Qatar to abolish kafala system by January 2020

By QLNews

Qatar has been pulling all the stops to ensure the rights of migrant workers in the country.

In recent years, the country has intensified its measures to safeguard the welfare of its workers and has garnered the appreciation of international labor bodies that have recognized Qatar’s commitment toward ensuring workers’ rights.

Now, in a watershed moment for migrant workers in Qatar, the country's Council of Ministers has unanimously agreed to new legislation permitting workers to change employers freely.

Under the legislation, the workers will no longer need a 'No Objection Certificate' (NOC) from their current employer to switch to another company.

 

The landmark reforms will see the country abolish the kafala system by January 2020 according to a statement by the International Labor Organization (ILO).  

"A Ministerial Decree by the Minister of Interior was also signed, removing exit permit requirements for all workers, except military personnel," the statement adds.

Moreover, in a first-of-its-kind step in the region, the Council of Ministers has also approved of a new law to set a non-discriminatory minimum wage.

The ILO statement further highlights that based on the decision on exit permits "domestic workers; workers in government and public institutions; workers employed at sea and in agriculture; as well as casual workers are free to leave the country either temporarily or permanently without having to obtain the permission of their employers."

"The establishment of a non-discriminatory minimum wage that applies to all nationalities and all sectors will guarantee a minimum level of protection for all workers. The minimum-wage level will be set later in the year, based on a joint study already completed by the ILO and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA)," according to ILO.

The drafts laws will next be studied by the Advisory (Shura) Council before being signed off and approved by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. 

The new legislation is expected to come into effect by early next year.

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Source: ILO News
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By Irsadkhan• 1 year 2 months ago.
Irsadkhan

Sir is there any update when law about no requirement for NOC during contract period will roll out ? Earlier ILO office expecting by end of Jan. Kindly inform if u have some latest update. Regards

By mohd_ismail• 1 year 4 months ago.
mohd_ismail

When it will be implemented????

Still Old Employer are not giving NOC to join another Company and the new Employer is asking NOC

Where the labour will go ????

By mohd_ismail• 1 year 4 months ago.
mohd_ismail

When it will be implemented????

Still Old Employer are not giving NOC to join another Company and the new Employer is asking NOC

Where the labour will go ????

By mohd_ismail• 1 year 4 months ago.
mohd_ismail

When it will be implemented????

Still Old Employer are not giving NOC to join another Company and the new Employer is asking NOC

Where the labour will go ????

By mohd_ismail• 1 year 4 months ago.
mohd_ismail

Still NOC required or already abolished

By AmnaFiyam• 1 year 9 months ago.
AmnaFiyam

Is this rule implemented?

By jendo_77• 1 year 10 months ago.
jendo_77

My main concern is that do we still need NOC to get driver lincense after the kafala have been abolished.

By Sharu joice• 2 years 5 days ago.
Sharu joice

Good news, thanks

By abbiecornish• 2 years 1 week ago.
abbiecornish

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By Aalishan Properties• 2 years 1 week ago.
Aalishan Properties

May Allah bless Amir & his family. They are great rulers indeed.

By zuma222• 2 years 1 week ago.
zuma222

God Bless Sheikh Tamim, God Bless Qataris, God Bless Qatar.

This is the best News of the Year.

One Love Qatar.

By zuma222• 2 years 1 week ago.
zuma222

God Bless Sheikh Tamim, God Bless Qataris, God Bless Qatar.

This is the best News of the Year.

One Love Qatar.

By enazmul• 2 years 1 week ago.
enazmul

Really Good News for Company’s worker , Why do not change the Law of House-worker, Still the same law are available for them, they need exit permit also if they go to cancel do not come back before two years, All Facilities for Company.

By Didarul services• 2 years 1 week ago.
Didarul services

Hope that it will come active soon...

By Azi00• 2 years 1 week ago.
Azi00

Happy news

Once again Amir of Qatar and their kingdom proved the Humanity towards Employees.

May Allah give Amir and his Family and his kingdom Long life

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