Cabinet move to protect workers’ rights
June 22 2017 09:46 AM


The Cabinet has taken the necessary measures to issue a draft law that seeks to protect workers’ rights and simplify litigation procedures in labour disputes.
The move came after the Cabinet reviewed the recommendations of the Advisory Council on the draft law, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported on Wednesday.
The draft legislation amends some provisions of the Labour Law promulgated by Law No 14 of 2004 and Law No 13 of 1990 on the issuance of the civil and commercial procedures law, according to the report. 
Under the amendment, one or more committees - to be called the Labour Dispute Settlement Committee - shall be established by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The committee(s) shall be headed by a judge of the Court of First Instance chosen by the Supreme Judiciary Council and two members nominated by HE the minister, with one of them having experience in accounting.
The draft law was prepared “in the framework of preserving labour rights and simplification of litigation procedures in labour disputes”, QNA said, adding that the “formation of the committee, its rules and procedures, and the mechanism for implementing its decisions and their reward shall be issued by a decision of the Cabinet”. 
The committee shall be solely competent to adjudicate all individual disputes arising from the application of the provisions of this law or the employment contract.
Also, the committee will decide on the dispute before it within three weeks from the date on which it is submitted.
Members of the committee shall be independent and have no authority over them in their decisions other than the law. No person or entity may intervene in the disputes considered by the committee.
The committee will issue its decisions expeditiously and only the competent court - the Court of Appeal - may order a suspension of the execution of such decisions.
After HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani chaired the Cabinet's weekly meeting at Emiri Diwan on Wednesday, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud said the Cabinet took the necessary measures to issue a draft law on domestic workers after reviewing the recommendations of the Advisory Council on the matter.
The draft law defines domestic work as the “work performed by the worker in the service of the employer or his residents in the family home and its attachments in accordance with the contract and custom”, QNA said. 
The employer is defined as the “natural person who employed the worker”, while the employee is the “natural person who performs the housework under the management and supervision of the employer in exchange for a wage in accordance with the contract and custom”, such as driver, educator, cook, gardener and the like.
The draft law also defines the rights and duties of employers and domestic workers. 
The Cabinet also reviewed the programmes, plans and mechanisms set by the relevant ministries towards implementation of the directives contained in the speech of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at the opening of the 45th regular session of the Advisory Council. The Cabinet decided that the competent authorities shall take the necessary measures to follow up on the implementation of such programmes, plans and mechanisms.

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