Qatar to have constituent labour committee soon

December 14, 2011

A constituent labour committee, a major step towards Qatar’s general trade union, will be formed soon, an official has said.

The 50-member committee will include employees from the public and private sectors, a labour ministry source told Qatari daily Al Sharq.

“The constituent committee is the core for the general trade union in Qatar,” the source said. “Its members will come from the government and private sectors and will include, for example, banks, insurance companies, transport, communication and petrol.”

The committee is now going through the legislative stage and it will be announced soon, the source said.

“It will draft its working system and its rules for running and voting in the election of the board. Its executive bureau will have seven members to be elected by the constituent committee.”

“The committee will provide professional and social services to its Qatari and resident members in order to enhance their working conditions. Membership fees will be decided by the committee alongside its work plan,” the source told the daily.

The committee will be independent from the labour ministry and will have its own offices.

“There will be support for the expatriates and campaigns to promote their awareness about their rights and duties as part of Qatar’s commitment to labour rights. The committee will support workers and employees and will help them secure their rights stipulated in Qatar’s labour law,” the source said.

In 2004, Qatar’s Emir Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani ruled that workers were allowed to form trade unions and professional associations as part of reforms that included the right to strike, a ban on employment of youths under 16, an eight-hour working day (six hours in Ramadan), and equal labour and promotion rights for women.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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