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Qatar: Industrial relations

Original and updating authors: Frank Lucente and Carlo Procacci, Al Tamimi & Company

Consultant editor: Katrina Wilson, Hassan Al Khater Law Office

Summary

  • In Qatar generally, legislation permits the formation and operation of trade unions, but this applies only to Qatari nationals, while in the Qatar Financial Centre trade unions are not recognised or regulated by its employment legislation. (See Trade unions).
  • In Qatar generally, statute provides that employers and employees have a right to conduct collective bargaining and conclude "joint agreements" on any matters related to work, while in the Qatar Financial Centre collective bargaining is not recognised or regulated by its employment legislation. (See Collective bargaining and agreements)
  • Employers have no statutory obligation to inform and consult employees, directly or through representatives, on any business or employment matters, including redundancies and business transfers. (See Informing and consulting employees)
  • While in Qatar generally there is a statutory procedure for resolving collective labour disputes, in the Qatar Financial Centre collective labour disputes are not recognised or regulated by its employment legislation. (See Industrial action)