The United Nations Employment Agency praised Qatar on Sunday for abolishing an exploitative employment system that required migrant workers to seek permission from their employer to change jobs.
According to the International Labor Organization, Qatar became the first country in the region to introduce a non-discriminatory minimum wage after introducing significant changes to its labor market, ending the obligation for migrant workers to seek permission from their employer to change jobs.
“By introducing these significant changes, Qatar has made a commitment. One that will give workers more freedom and protection and employers more choice. We see what can be achieved when governments, workers and employers work with the ILO to achieve adequacy promote work for all, “said Guy Ryder, ILO Director General.
The international agency said the reform “effectively dismantles the Kafala sponsorship system and marks the beginning of a new era for the Qatari labor market.”
The landmark announcement is in the spotlight of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which Qatar was given on the promise of labor reforms.
The country is also the first in the region to introduce a non-discriminatory minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari rials (US $ 275), the UN agency said.
The law comes into force six months after its publication.