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Qatar, two small steps forward in protecting the rights of migrant workers

Pressenza, Qatar, 5 September 2020 - On August 30, the Qatari authorities published two measures, announced in October 2019, intended – if fully implemented – to improve the protection of the rights and living conditions of migrant workers, massively present in the Gulf emirate.

The first measure removes the employer’s “no-objection certificate”, allowing migrant workers to change jobs without their consent. It is sufficient to give one month’s notice in the case of an employment relationship of fewer than two years or two months’ notice in the case of a longer-term relationship. The procedure will be managed directly by the Ministry of Labor.

The second introduces the minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari rials (around 230 euros) per month, plus 300 rials in food benefits and 500 rials for renting accommodation if it is not provided by the employer. The previous minimum wage, introduced by a 2017 law, was 750 rials, although some groups of workers had obtained higher wages through bilateral agreements by nationality: 900 rials for Nepalese and 1,400 rials for Filipinos.

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Source: https://www.pressenza.com/2020/09/qatar-two-small-steps-forward-in-protecting-the-rights-of-migrant-workers/

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