Everyone believed that it was impossible to get rid of Kafala, but we succeeded in doing so. The progress that Qatar has made in ensuring workers’ rights since hosting the World Cup will not stop. Qatari Minister of Labor responds to American magazine
Doha (Urdu Point Latest Newspaper. December 15, 2021) Qatar rejects all doubts about workers ‘rights, Qatari Minister of Labor vows to continue working to improve workers’ rights after 2022, Qatar Labor Minister Ali bin Samikh al-Murri has responded to allegations that his country has “enough” to improve working conditions for migrant workers in the country ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup. “It simply came to our notice then.
According to Doha News, Al-Murri’s letter came in response to the American news agency Financial Times, which highlighted claims by international organizations such as Amnesty International that Qatar was not implementing its labor reforms properly. Are
The FT report, entitled “Qatar is a firestorm of conditions for migrants”, quoted James Lynch, the founding director of the human rights group Fair Square, as saying that some reforms have been positive but significant structural changes Started too late so it is not surprising that implementation has not been as good as it used to be. It is still a nightmare for workers to quit their jobs, so these changes have made their lives much better. It is highly competitive, with the business community in Qatar retreating against the movement of workers as well as lacking political will, so the big question is what the issue will look like after the World Cup lights go out.
In response, Al-Murri emphasized that “we are committed to sustainable reform and our record on the ground shows that this is exactly what Qatar did after hosting the World Cup in ensuring workers’ rights.” We are the first country in the region to have an office of the International Labor Organization, whose mandate will continue after 2022. Working with the ILO, we have achieved the best in the world. The next step is to ensure that the changes are fully implemented by changing the deep cultural attitudes of employers.
The Minister said that there was no real acknowledgment in the FT article of the context and pace with which Qatar was reforming, although these changes were structural and permanent and would not end with the end of the Football World Cup. Last year, Qatar introduced the region’s first non-discriminatory minimum wage, seen as part of a larger “historic labor reform” program.
Unlike other former hosts, Qatar has faced significantly more criticism and controversy from the Western media since being granted the right to host the region’s first FIFA World Cup in 2010, following the Gulf country’s hard-line reforms. Despite imports, topics such as immigrant rights, allegations of corruption and anti-LGBTQ laws make headlines in most international media coverage in Qatar.
The Qatari minister added: “As hosts, we have opened our doors to the world and constructively criticized with respect and determination, but we have to set a record by including the missing data, while everyone believed that ‘Kafala’ It is impossible to eliminate but we have succeeded in doing so, as part of our efforts, Doha has also introduced minimum wage and better living facilities for migrant workers across the country, including minimum wage. The concept has gained traction and is now monitored through electronic payments, and we plan to expand it. A total of 338 businesses were suspended for not respecting working hours during the hottest months of this summer.