Qatar praised for having a sustainable approach at International Labour Conference
The 110th session of the International Labour Conference (ILO) in Geneva saw a panel discussion organized by the Ministry of Labour where the panel discussed, "Qatar's Labour Reforms: Tripartite Cooperation Towards a Common Vision”.
The discussion was held under the patronage of Minister of Labour H E Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, was attended by ILO’s Deputy Director-General for Field Operations & Partnerships H E Moussa Oumarou, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) H E Sharan Burrow, and Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) H E Roberto Suárez Santos.
The discussion welcomed talks and informative sessions on the labour legislative reforms and how they have been implemented and carried out in Qatar. The aim of the panel has been to inform and update ILO with the latest developments in the labour sector, showcasing how the country has been moving towards improving the work environment in Qatar. Qatar praised the cooperation of ILO, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) during the discussion as well.
Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri stressed that the core of the reforms refuted all allegations against Qatar, stating that the Qatar National Vision 2030 helped to align these goals, making sure that the country's approach is more sustainable while developing and modernizing the legislation. He further stated that Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Labour, welcomes any dialogues and constructive discussions to help in making the work environment of the state more labour friendly, ultimately indicating that the State of Qatar is open to labour organizations and unions to pitch in their feedback as well.
His speech concluded that the country continues to adopt a sustainable approach to improving the environmental legislation in the coming years and this is a long-term strategy that the country is adopting.
During this conference, Sharan Burrow, Secretary-General of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), praised Qatar's remarkable success in supporting labour sector reforms at a global level. “It took a year to build a labour court in Qatar. In other countries, it takes ages to have a labour court. This is absolutely remarkable”, she said, commending this progress in settling labour disputes in Qatar.
The panel praised Qatar for having open discussions in the last few years and implementing the suggestions and strategies. Roberto Suárez Santos, Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) further included that this dialogue has helped to maintain mutual trust between labour organisations over the world and helped in building a safe work environment in the State of Qatar.
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