Qatar labour reform may take until 2015

Changes to controversial kafala system was expected earlier

Qatar has been urged to improve its labour laws.
Qatar has been urged to improve its labour laws.

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Changes to Qatar’s controversial kafala labour laws may not take place until 2015.

Quoting Al Watan, Doha News reports that Qatar’s Ministry of Interior’s director of research, Nasser Mohammed Al Sayed, said a copy of the law is being discussed by the government.

“The law will be implemented after all legal procedures are completed by the Shura Council and Qatar Chamber,” Al Sayed is quoted as saying.

“The law will be ready by this year or the coming one.”

Qatar’s labour system has come under intense scrutiny in recent years, in large part due to the country’s winning World Cup bid for the 2022 tournament.

In May, the country's Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani said that measures were being taken to improve conditions for expat workers.

Plans include the provision of modern worker accommodation and advanced legislative systems that protect workers' rights.

The IMF has also weighed in on the issue, outlining a raft of recommendations in May, including paying wages into bank accounts.

It added that Qatar could face a shortage of labour if it did not improve its existing laws.

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