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Kenyan government replaces Qatar’s recruiting agency-Doha News

This decision was made during a two-day mission by a delegation from the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation.

The Kenyan government will oversee negotiations on the terms of Qatar’s national workers, not government agencies.

This follows a meeting between Dr. Francis Aturi, Secretary-General of the Kenyan Trade Union Central Organization (COTU), and Dr. Ali Bin Samik Al Mari, Minister of Labor of Qatar.

Human rights activists say that Kenyans and migrant workers generally pay exorbitant recruitment fees solely to secure jobs in Qatar and often borrow large amounts of money in the process. When they arrive in Qatar, they are sometimes offered a contract to pay less than they were promised by the agency.

The operation of a Kenyan-owned employment agency is currently being cancelled. To date, at least 12 licenses have been revoked, and some of these agencies are owned and operated by senior Kenyan government officials.

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The conference was part of a two-day work mission by a delegation from the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa).

This is a step aimed at ensuring the safety of Kenyan workers in Qatar, especially domestic workers.

The ITUC delegation included 11 members from eight African countries. They visited several workplaces and construction sites, talked to migrant workers in Africa, and got direct information about their working conditions.

The mission trip took place after the ITUC promised to visit Qatar at the 2021 Africa-Arab Labor Immigration Webinar Conference hosted by the International Labor Organization (ILO). It was also convened after a surge in complaints about the plight of African workers in Qatar and the Gulf countries in general.

Received MOL Labor complaints of more than 200,000 people Only in December. Complaints included working hours, salaries, and other violations.

The organization was also involved in Qatar’s labor reform process and met with relevant stakeholders. This included ILO staff, MOL, the Commission on Human Rights in Qatar, and the Shura Council.

“Remember that the number of African migrants living and working in Qatar is very high, and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has led to a significant increase in the influx of migrants to Qatar.” Said Adu-Amakwah, General Secretary of ITUC.

The delegation praised Qatar’s recent reforms in immigrant rights and gave additional recommendations to the Gulf countries. ITUC President Ayuba Waba said the organization will continue to work with Qatar to ensure improvements in world culture and circumstances.

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