Labour Minister Meets Qatar Chamber Officials to Discuss Workers’ Issues
Qatar Minister of Labour HE Dr Ali bin Samikh Al Marri recently met with officials of Qatar Chamber (QC) including members of the Board of Directors and Chairman, HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani, at the QC headquarters.
The meeting is part of the Ministry of Labour (MOL) policy to consult representatives of employers and inform them of the latest legislative developments, laws and regulations related to the local work environment.
During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of cooperation with the private sector, including ways to support and develop them, and discussed the challenges facing the sector, especially issues related to work and workers.
Insurance policy for employers of domestic workers
They discussed the joint initiative between MOL and QC regarding a motion to voluntarily approve an insurance policy for domestic workers for Qataris, in joint coordination between insurance companies and recruitment offices. The motion, which will be approved, comes after a thorough intensive study of market data in favour of the interests of all parties, especially the employers.
According to the motion, the insurance policy covers a number of cases, including the worker’s unwillingness to work and the worker’s escape, work injury, death, and the value of the travel ticket that will be claimed in cases covered by the policy. The insurance policy will compensate the employer according to the extent of the damage.
Ministry of Labour services to business owners
HE Dr Ali bin Samikh Al Marri and Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani were also briefed on the services provided by the MOL office to business owners and company managers to facilitate procedures and expedite the completion of transactions. MOL highlighted the importance of joint meetings with the private sector to overcome obstacles and challenges to improve the work environment, stressing that the ministry adopts a consultative approach with the parties to strike a balance in the labour market.
HE Dr Al Marri highlighted the keenness of the ministry to continue its coordination and cooperation with Qatar Chamber regarding labour issues and to solve any obstacles that the private sector may face related to the services available at the ministry.
MOL has been developing its e-services to enhance its digital transformation and pushed for paperless services, which facilitate the delivery of services electronically, quickly and more accurately.
HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani expressed his appreciation for MOL’s efforts to open an office at the QC headquarters. He said that the office will be of great importance in terms of receiving and considering requests from business owners.
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