Posted on November 23, 2017

All workers at all facilities shall elect their representatives to a Joint Labour Committee through a direct election, in accordance with the procedures set out in the decision of the Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs on the organisation and procedures for the formation of joint labor committees.

The Cabinet yesterday approved during its regular meeting a draft decision by the Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs on the organisation and procedures for the formation of joint labor committees.

Under the terms of the draft decision, in each establishment employing 30 or more workers, a “joint committee” shall be formed, comprising representatives of the employer and workers, and it should be noted that half of the members of the committee represent the employer, and the other half of them represent the workers. The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, was held at its seat at the Emiri Diwan. Following the meeting, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Hassan bin Lahdan Al Hassan Al Mohannadi stated that the Cabinet reviewed topics on its meeting’s agenda.

According to the draft, all facility workers will elect their representatives to the Joint Committee, while the employer chooses his representatives on the committee from among his employees who are legally acting on behalf of him appoint him or those who are authorized to exercise some of his powers in the administration.

The term of membership of the Joint Labor Committee will be for two years, starting from the following day after the adoption of the competent administrative authority to form the Committee. The Joint Committee shall study and discuss all issues related to the work in the establishment, including the organization of work, ways to increase production and development, improve productivity, workers’ training programs, risk prevention tools, improve the level of adherence to occupational safety and health rules, and develop the general culture for workers.

The draft also included provisions related to the terms of membership of the Committee and the procedures for the electoral process. On other hand, the Cabinet approved a draft decision on adding an administrative unit called the “Arbitration Affairs Department” to the units comprising the Ministry of Justice and assigning its competences. The Cabinet has also approved draft decisions of the Minister of Justice prepared by the Ministry of Justice as part of issuing the executive decisions of the arbitration law in civil and commercial articles issued by Law No. (2) of 2017 and the provisions of Law No. (16) of 2017 on organizing the work of experience.

The Cabinet moreover approved a draft memorandum of understanding for cooperation in sport between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Republic of Mauritius. It also took the necessary procedures for the ratification of a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a joint committee between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and a MoU on mutual exemption of visas for holders of diplomatic, private and official passports between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

The Cabinet approved the participation in the Special Edition of the Trade Fair of the Member States of the OIC to be held in Kuwait from February 6-10, 2018. Furthermore, the Cabinet reviewed the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons’ letter on its 38th report during the period from August 1-5, 2017 and a draft law amending some provisions of Law No. (12) of 2006 concerning the cancelled Municipality of Mesaieed and took the appropriate decision thereon.

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