MINISTER of Labour and Social Affairs HE Dr
Addressing the opening session of the international conference titled 'Doha Dialogue on Migration-2014', at
It is worth mentioning that all employers have been directed to pay their employees through bank in order to maintain transparency in wage payment.
Khulaifi added that the ministry has decided to establish Wages Protection Office and appoint sufficient numbers of trained personnel to ensure that the workers get their due salaries on time.
The Minister also talked about coordination between a number of government bodies to reconsider standards and specifications to provide decent housing for workers.
He added,"Work is underway to amend the labour law in order to give greater powers to labour inspectors to monitor offences and enforce laws regarding appropriate housing, workplace and occupational health and safety." He noted that the number of inspectors has been increased from 150 to 200 recently.
The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs added,"We received 10,840 labour complaints in 2013 of which 10,202, constituting 94 percent of the cases, were resolved."
He said,"We are in the process of discussing a cooperation programme with the
Khulaifi said that the manpower flow into
He said that employers vary in their commitment to apply labour laws adding that the ministry has taken several steps to guarantee salary payments via banks and on time as well as providing decent accommodation for the labourers.
Meanwhile, the participants admitted that the conference offered an opportunity to share experiences and make suggestions to the related stakeholders aiming to improve the living conditions of migrant people all over the world.
Baije said,"There are at least 17 million migrant workers in the Gulf countries constituting 40 percent of the population of this region. In
These statistics trigger many questions about the living conditions of the migrant workers, she pointed out, adding that migrant workers contribute significantly to the development of their home economies as well as the economies of the host countries.
"Migration has now a significant position within global development and poverty-reduction agenda considering poverty, economic, gender and health aspects of labour migration," she pointed out.
The national communities of the IFRC have done great work in helping and supporting migrant workers since adopting our official policy on migration at
Focusing on the global legal aspect of migration, Head of the
Bocar figured out that 232 million migrants are estimated worldwide (3 percent of the world population) along with 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced persons."
QRC President, Dr
Maadheed said,"QRC is mainly concerned with reducing the sufferings of vulnerable people along with protecting the human dignity." He added,"Gulf countries have unique migration challenges. And we hope that this dialogue contribute to practical solutions."
The 'Doha Dialogue on Migration 2014' has been organised by Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) in cooperation with the
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