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New labour reforms enhance workers’ rights, says Qatar’s envoy to Bulgaria

New labour reforms enhance workers’ rights, says Qatar’s envoy to Bulgaria

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Qatar’s latest labour market reforms aim to protect the rights and wages of expatriate workers in the country, including a large number of Bulgarian citizens, the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Bulgaria HE Rashid bin Ali Al Khater has stressed.
In an interview with Bulgarian newspaper 24 Chasa (24 Hours), Khater said the State has approved change of employers and has set a minimum wage for expatriate workers at QR1,000 per month.
He added that the new law stipulates that QR500 per month is the minimum for accommodation expenses and QR300 per month for food, in the event that the employer does not provide accommodation or food for the worker.
He, however, pointed out that this mostly concerns workers from developing countries as Bulgarians mainly work in the
service sector, which has salaries much higher than this limit.
The Ambassador HE Rashid bin Ali Al Khater noted that another major step taken by Qatar was the removal of the No-Objection Certificate requirement for changing jobs, as this certificate was necessary in the past in case the worker wanted to move to another job.
Khater stressed that the move enhances rights of expatriate workers and raising level of competitiveness in the market. He added these decisions apply to foreign citizens working in all sectors, including domestic workers.
His Execellency Rashid bin Ali Al Khater stated further that the legislative amendments made by Qatar came after consultations with the International Labor Organization, foreign governments, non-governmental organisations and labour committees.

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