Qatar welcomes ILO report regardless of admitted information gaps

An evaluation of deaths of migrant labourers in Qatar has proven gaps within the county’s information assortment and variations in the best way work-related incidents are characterised, based on a brand new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The ILO mentioned on Friday it collaborated with key Qatari establishments to place collectively its in-depth evaluation of work-related accidents and deaths in 2020, however recognized shortcomings in the best way incidents had been recognized.

“As a result, it is still not possible to present a categorical figure on the number of fatal occupational injuries in the country,” the report mentioned, calling for enhancements in the best way figures are gathered and investigations are performed.

At least 50 staff died in Qatar final 12 months, with greater than 500 severely injured and a few 37,600 struggling delicate to average accidents, the ILO report, One is Too Many (PDF), mentioned.

According to the ILO, the vast majority of staff who suffered occupational accidents got here from Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

“Falls from height and road traffic accidents were the top causes of severe injuries, followed by falling objects on worksites,” it added.

‘More work to be done’

Working situations for migrant labourers in Qatar have been underneath the highlight for the reason that Gulf state was awarded in 2010 the internet hosting of soccer’s 2022 World Cup.

In an announcement in a while Friday, Qatar’s Ministry of Labour welcomed the ILO’s report and mentioned it was reviewing its suggestions.

“No other country has come so far on labour reform in such a short amount of time, but we acknowledge that there is more work to be done,” the ministry’s assertion added, noting that Qatar will proceed working with the ILO to make sure the adjustments “are implemented effectively”.

“As Qatar has continuously stated and as the ILO report confirms, figures reported in media on migrant worker fatalities have been wildly misleading. The government has been transparent about the health of our foreign population, and in reality, levels of mortality in Qatar are on par with wider demographics globally. Still, improving the health and well-being of foreign workers remains a top priority,” the Ministry of Labour assertion mentioned.

“The report in fact points to a “significant decline in the rate of occupational injuries” over time, demonstrating our sturdy labour reform laws and the success of our implementation mechanisms. Qatar can be proud to notice that there was a “drastic decline” in heat-stress associated problems, thanks largely to warmth stress laws adopted in May 2021,” the ministry added.

In August, London-based watchdog Amnesty International accused Qatari authorities of failing to analyze the deaths of migrant staff, “despite evidence of links between premature deaths and unsafe working conditions”.

It mentioned that “Qatar routinely issues death certificates for migrant workers without conducting adequate investigations, instead attributing deaths to ‘natural causes’ or vaguely defined cardiac failures”.

Qatar’s Government Communications Office on the time rejected Amnesty’s findings, saying in an announcement the nation’s “injury and mortality statistics are in line with international best practice and set new standards for the region”.

In its report, the ILO referred to as for a “review of the approach taken to investigating deaths of seemingly healthy young workers from ‘natural causes’, to be able to determine whether they are in fact work-related, and ensure more accurate identification of the cause”.

This, it mentioned, will guarantee staff and their households obtain due compensation in case of occupational accidents.

The organisation additionally referred to as for the institution of a nationwide built-in platform that compiles well timed and dependable occupational harm information.

“The transparency shown in the review of the data collection and analysis processes has allowed us to put forward a set of concrete recommendations that can serve as a road map for action,” mentioned Max Tuñón, head of the ILO Project Office in Qatar.

“We must move with urgency, as behind each statistic there is a worker and their family.”

Qatar’s labour ministry added it might “continue to work constructively with a range of labour experts and practitioners – including the ILO, trade unions and international NGOs – to build on the progress that has been made”.

“Labour reform is a complex task, and Qatar believes that solutions are best found through dialogue and engagement,” the ministry’s assertion mentioned.