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Posted On: 2 May 2019 10:59 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

ILO vice chair praises Qatar for looking after its workers

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Vice Chair of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Mthunzi Mdwaba praised the achievements, measures, initiatives and reforms undertaken by Qatar in favour of the workers, adding that the organisation congratulated Qatar and was grateful to Doha for supporting mechanisms that promote workers' rights at all levels.

In the celebration of International Workers' Day organised by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) and Dar Al Sharq Group, with the participation of the ILO Mdwaba said that what has been achieved in Qatar is great work, adding that the organisation looks forward to doing more in the future and there is no doubt that this will be achieved so that all parties are winner.

Mdwaba said that the organisation is the voice of workers all over the world with a hundred years old, stressing that skilled labour is the backbone of a successful labour market, calling for strong educational systems that provide students with the basic work skills and competencies leading to skilled labour around the world, noting the role of the Organisation's office in Qatar and the successful partnership that has been in place for one year since its opening.

Mdwaba noted the role of all in achieving the objectives of sustainable development and the attention given to the human resources, in particular, the eighth goal, which concerns economic development, and said that Qatar National Vision adopts this approach and focuses on it.

For her part, the Director of the International Standards Department at the ILO reviewed the efforts of Qatar and the joint organisation and the cooperation between the two parties for the benefit of the workers, and expressed happiness with the opening of a new office in Doha, where remarkable achievements have been made by the Organisation, to improve the working conditions in Qatar.

She stressed that the legislative reforms in this regard in Qatar support the rights of workers, such as the cancellation of travel permits and the establishment of a fund for their care and the establishment of joint committees, and initiatives of fair and equitable employment for all workers, including the minimum wage, pointing out that a conference will be held later in this regard, as well as a workshop with the Ministry on best practices in the field of labour and workers.

She called for solidarity in the realisation of United Nations sustainable development efforts and plans in that regard concerning workers and their families, including domestic workers and workers in high-risk areas.

For his part, His Excellency (H.E.) Chairman of the Organising Committee of the celebration Sheikh Thani bin Ali Al Thani stressed the historic importance of celebrating the International Workers Day, pointing out that this year's celebration coincides with the celebration of 100-year anniversary of the ILO, which gives the occasion special significance at this stage in which the world is witnessing many challenges in the field of work, legislation, protection of rights, increasing productivity and providing an appropriate environment that meets human rights standards.

His Excellency added that Qatar also participated today in ILO's 100th anniversary with a series of contributions made by the State, institutions and companies, making Qatar one of the leading countries in the region in terms of enacting progressive protectionist legislation and protection measures, pointing out that the achievements of the country have been numerous in this area.

His Excellency noted that the private sector has made many contributions to the care of workers under the supervision of the Qatar Chamber, by ensuring the implementation of the wage protection system and the provision of necessary services in the workers' complexes, while increasing coordination with the MADLSA in tightening control and ensuring compliance with the laws.

His Excellency added that Qatar celebrated last year the Fifth Labour and Workers Conference, organised by Dar Al Sharq, with Qatar's efforts to protect the rights of workers, and offered by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for the workers of the World Cup projects, and many international organisations, including the international trade unions and human rights organisations praised Qatar' efforts.

His Excellency stressed that Qatar would not have achieved this remarkable march without the wise vision of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and the guidance present in Qatar National Vision 2030, which identified the need for legal legislation and administrative procedures, which guarantees the improvement of the living conditions of expatriate workers and the provision of all necessary services.

His Excellency added that Qatar has tightened coordination between the public and private sectors to achieve the goals of the state in the labour sector, and thanked the State institutions and companies that cooperated in the development of services provided to workers. His Excellency also thanked the partners and sponsors, stressing his appreciation for their national efforts, which were documented in the book "Labour and Workers" which was inaugurated on this occasion. (QNA)