Qatar approves plan to speed up worker complaints against employers

New committee will be set up under the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs

(Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

(Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar has approved plans to set up a new committee to speed up and oversee the process for workers lodging official complaints against their employers.

The new committee will be set up under the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA).

It will be chaired by a judge from the court of first instance who is chosen by the Supreme Judiciary Committee.

The panel will also include two labour ministry officials with accounting expertise.

The committee will be charged with settling all disputes related to the provisions of the labour law or a work contract in a period not exceeding three weeks, reported Construction Week Online citing Qatar News Agency.

An appeals panel is also in the works. When established, it would be headed by a judge from the Court of Appeal and include two MADLSA officials appointed by the labour minister.

Parties will have 15 days to lodge an appeal, from the date of the decision of the first committee if they were present at the time.

If the initial committee decision was made in their absence, they have 15 days from the formal announcement of the verdict.

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