Qatar seeks to hire Nepalese workers for service sector jobs at World Cup – Doha News

Authorities in Doha have increased job site inspections in a bid to take action against companies guilty of violating the country’s labor laws.

The Kathmandu Post newspaper reported on Saturday that Qatar is seeking to hire Nepalese for jobs in the service sector during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, months before the big event.

“The Nepalese Embassy in Doha has informed us of the interest expressed by Qatari companies to hire Nepalese workers for service sector jobs during the World Cup,” said Taneshwar Bhosal, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. news outlet.

Boussal added that the “ministerial decision” issued on Friday allowed the authorities to proceed with recruitment. He also said that the Nepalese authorities “demanded a visa-free scheme for the free ticket for Nepalese workers” at the expense of the employers.

The Nepalese official did not reveal more details about the number of workers that will be hired in the Gulf state.

The news comes as Qatar prepares to welcome at least 1.5 million football fans from around the world to attend the major sporting event scheduled to take place between November 21 and December 18 this year.

Migrant workers from all over the world were employed during the preparation process in various sectors, including the construction of World Cup stadiums.

“Hence, Nepalese should be given priority in service sector jobs,” Bhusal noted.

As the first Arab country to host this event, Qatar has come under the international spotlight especially because of its treatment of migrant workers. The Gulf state initially faced criticism for the lack of policies to protect workers from labor rights abuses.

But it soon responded by introducing landmark reforms, including dismantling the controversial bail policy. Under this system, employees who wish to change jobs no longer need a “No Objection Letter” from their employers.

While the government played a major role in introducing the reform, criticism of Qatar persists due to employers violating the newly imposed laws, according to the findings of various rights groups.

Authorities in Qatar have increased job site inspections in a bid to take action against companies guilty of violating the country’s labor laws. The Gulf state has also been more transparent about the violations, releasing the numbers to the general public.

Meanwhile, Bhusal said his government has held talks with Qatar in order to ensure the protection of Nepalese workers.

“We have been raising the issue of the safety of Nepalese workers abroad. I have had talks with stakeholders in Qatar as well as other business destinations,” the Nepalese official said.

According to Nepali media, more than 1,700 Nepalese youths left the country to work abroad, and more than 628,503 obtained work permits in the fiscal year ending July 16.

She said that this figure is the second highest number recorded by the state, according to government statistics. Remittances sent to Nepal also contributed significantly to Kathmandu’s economy, adding 986.2 billion Nepalese rupees (US$77,661,13953).

The article also mentioned that while Nepalese workers are in high demand, most of them are unskilled as they come from lower economic backgrounds. Some of them end up leaving their home country without adequate training.

While the revised pre-departure curriculum was implemented in February last year, it has yet to be implemented, according to labor rights officials.

The institutions registered to provide such training have not implemented this. “They have called for a review of work procedures as well as curricula,” said Mia Kadel, Undersecretary and Director of Training and Research at the Foreign Employment Council.

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