His Excellency said that the new legislation included Wage Protection System; Labour Disputes Settlement Committee; Workers' Support and Insurance Fund; Law Regulating Entry, Exit and Residency of the Expatriates and National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking. Apart from this, work is also being done on such issues for the workers, which will enable them to change their jobs more easily.
The Minister said the Cabinet approved another draft law to end exit permit for those who are not subject to the provisions of Qatar's Labour Law and domestic workers and these laws will come into effect immediately after completion of (remaining) legislation process.
In a statement to Al Jazeera in the wake of the report, Qatar's Government Communications Office said "Qatar has made substantial progress on labour reforms and it continues to work with NGOs, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), to ensure that these reforms are far-reaching and effective".
On Wednesday, the ILO welcomed Qatar's move, which still needs an approval from the Advisory Council as well as the country's ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Last week the ILO announced the results of its own joint study with the Qatar government into heat stress, which concluded that people could safely work outdoors during prescribed hours, if appropriate precautionary measures were taken, which it was working to have passed into law. Representatives from the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs; Ministry of Municipality and Environment, ILO and other national and global organisation participated the panel discussions.
The ILO called yesterday's announcement "a momentous step forward in upholding the rights of migrant workers".
The level of the minimum wage, a key reform given the low pay for migrant workers in Qatar, will be set later this year and it will apply to all the country's workers irrespective of nationality, said ILO.
She pleaded for other countries in the region to follow Qatar's example and do away with similar bad practices, adding: "Workers want to work in the Gulf states, they want to support their families at home, but they also want decent work where they are treated fairly and with dignity and respect". Its implementation will eliminate the need for all workers to obtain a permit to leave the country.