Qatar Chamber, MADLSA inform private sector on the role of joint labour committees

The Qatar Chamber held an introductory seminar to raise awareness among private sector companies about the importance of joint labour committees.

The seminar, which was oranised in cooperation with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA), held under the theme ‘Conditions and Procedures of the Joint Committees’ Representatives in Companies’ on Thursday at the Chamber’s headquarter.

Many representatives of contracting companies were present at the event which examined mechanisms of selecting percentage of workers’ representatives in joint labour committees.

The seminar also highlighted role of joint labour committees in creating stimulating labour environment and raising the level of work, thereby increasing production of companies.

During his opening remarks, Assistant Director General for Government Relations and Committees Affairs Ali Bu Sherbak Al Mansouri said that the Chamber attaches great importance to providing a suitable climate for employment and improving the relationship between employers and workers, affirming that this will impact positively on the productivity of companies and help in stabilizing labour market in the country.

Al Mansouri also noted that mandate of the Chamber’s sectorial committees is to consider obstacles pertaining to the private sector such as labour-related issues, assuring that the Chamber is keen to enhance cooperation with all concerned entities to tackle these issues.

He paid tribute to the role played by the joint labour committees in promoting cooperation between employers and employees and addressing any problems arising inside the company.

On his part, MADLSA Awareness Guidance and Labour Head Ali Al Khalaf delivered a presentation about the procedures of forming joint labour committee which consists of representatives of employers and workers and holds regular meetings to discuss all labour-related issues and address any negative obstacles.

Al Khalaf also said that these committees play an important role in to strengthening the atmosphere of cooperation, improving labour relationships and increasing organisational efficiency within companies, and addressing complaints internally, especially inside large companies that employ large number of workers.

He praised the role of these committees in raising awareness of labourers on health instruction during the current crisis of Covid-19.

He added that each joint committee consists of representatives from employers and workers.

The Ministry provides training for those who are responsible for selecting these joint committees, he added, pointing out that the percentage of representatives is determined by the number of workers according to the labour law.

He cited any companies recruit more than 30 workers has the right to form its joint labour committee.

Al Khalaf announced that work is under way in the Ministry to launch an application to facilitate the process of forming these committees.

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