The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour, and Social Affairs (MADLSA) and Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI)
There were about 200 participants in the event. They represented Indian, Nepalese Bangladeshi, Filipino, Sri Lankan, Nigerian, and Ghanaian community
Participants raised several concerns, including about transfer rights of workers from one employer to the other, human trafficking, and delays in the payment of wages.
The panel from the Ministry of
Assistant Undersecretary Al-Obaidy spoke frankly to the community leaders about his hopes for the reforms, but also of the challenges. He said, “Implementing these reforms is not easy. We have to go through a steep learning curve. As much as we want to hasten these reforms, it simply takes time. As much as possible, we build consensus in the development and implementation of reform programs. And, we also need to ensure that the policies and programs we are now pursuing shall be sustained. We should think beyond the FIFA World Cup in 2022 that our country is hosting. We aim for our Vision 2030. And beyond 2030.”
On behalf of BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson, Jin Sook
Following the meeting, Jin Sook Lee stressed that, like the Ministry, BWI has sought permanent respect
She stated, “the World Cup Games are important because they focused attention on the situation of workers and provided an incentive for us to work together, but migrant workers have long been important contributors to construction and to the economy of Qatar and, as Assistant Undersecretary Al-Obaidy said, they will continue to do so for many decades. We are convinced that full respect