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Qatar cabinet nod for panel to resolve labour rows

9 March 17

Gulf Times

The Cabinet has approved a draft law that will pave the way for the creation of a committee to resolve labour-related disputes in the country.

The draft law, which has been referred to the Advisory Council, amends some provisions of the Labour Law, promulgated by Law No 14 of 2004, and Law No 13 of 1990 issuing the Civil and Commercial Code of Procedure, according to a report by the official Qatar News Agency (QNA).

The draft legislation has been prepared in view of concerns over workers’ rights and to simplify litigation procedures in labour disputes, QNA said.

Under the amendment, one committee - or more - will be established at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. It will be called the Labour Dispute Resolution Committee and chaired by a judge of the Court of First Instance, chosen by the Supreme Judiciary Council. Also, the committee will have two members nominated by HE the minister concerned, and one of them must have experience in the field of accounting.

The committee will have jurisdiction over all individual disputes arising from the application of the law or the employment contract, and will decide on a dispute within three weeks from the date of presentation.

Members of the committee will be independent, with no authority over them in their decisions except the law, the report points out, adding that no person or entity may intervene in the disputes heard by the committee.

The decisions issued by the committee will have speedy implementation and “only the competent department at the Court of Appeal may have the authority to suspend implementation of its decisions”, QNA said.

The committee will be formed by a decision of the Council of Ministers, which will determine the rules and procedures to be followed and the mechanism for implementing its decisions.

The venue of the committee will be determined by a decision of HE the minister, while its secretariat will be assumed by one or more employees of the ministry’s staff whose remuneration will be determined by a decision of HE the minister.

Article 6 of Law No 13 of 1990 and item 7 of Article 126 of the Labor Law will be repealed. Also, any provision contrary to the provisions of this law shall also be repealed, QNA added.

After HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani chaired the Cabinet’s weekly meeting at Emiri Diwan yesterday, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud said the Cabinet approved a draft decision by HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs issuing a guide pertaining to the description, classification and organisation of public jobs.
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