In continuation of a series of workshops organized by the strategic team on decent work and sustainable growth in the hospitality sector, the team carried out a workshop in the hospitality sector on the repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis on the tourism sector, which was conducted via video conference.
The workshop was attended by Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs Mohammed Hassan Al Obaidly, Assistant Undersecretary for Trade Affairs at MOCI Saleh Majid Al Khulaifi.
Sheikh Hamad bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chairman of the Tourism and Exhibition Committee at Qatar Chamber, also attended the workshop.
The strategic work team, established by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, consists of national organizations such as the National Tourism Council, Katara Hospitality, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Qatar Chamber, and international partners such as the ILO Project Office in Qatar and the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), The International Tourism Partnership (ITP), global trade unions and FIFA. The Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs, Mohammed Hassan Al Obaidly, gave a speech on the challenges the world faces as a result of the spread of COVID-19, and the threat the virus poses to public health and the global economy. He also discussed the challenges faced by the tourism sector.
Al Obaidly said that the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs took all the necessary precautionary measures to protect all workers, and put in place policies that would guarantee quick implementation of these measures.
Issuing an educational brochure for workers in several languages entitled ‘Your Health and Work that includes basic information for workers under the current circumstances and also answers most common inquiries, and has been published through newspapers, audio-visual media and the Ministry’s social media outlets.
Sending an official statement to employers and workers that stresses the importance of cooperation in this period to reduce social and economic damages for the benefit of workers and employers, taking into account the sustainability of business and long-term employment through a number of instructions that regulate the contractual relationship between the two parties.
Emphasizing the importance of the role of labor committees within the facilities, especially with regard to educating workers about precautionary measures to prevent the virus.
Providing a 24-hour hotline service to receive complaints and observations by employers and workers, while providing SMS text message service to submit complaints and communicate via email to the ministry.