ILO decision heralds new era for workers rights in Qatar (

November 9, 2017

The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) decision to close the complaint against Qatar, following the government’s commitments to dismantle the kafala system , signals a new era for workers’ rights in the country.

“Qatar has set a new standard for the Gulf States, and this must be followed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE where millions of migrant workers are trapped in modern slavery,” said Labour Reform, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The complaint was lodged by the ITUC in 2014.

“New commitments made by Qatar to the ITUC and the ILO will normalise industrial relations in the country and have opened the way for international businesses operating in Qatar to sign agreements on workers’ rights and decent work with global union federations,” said Sharan Burrow.

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