Trade unions in Qatar

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Trade unions in Qatar.

Qatar has been a member of the International Labour Organization since 1972, but has not ratified the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948, or the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949.

Until recently trade unions have been illegal. However, in May, 2004, the Emir ruled that workers were allowed to form trade unions and professional associations. As well, reforms saw the right to strike, a ban on employment of youths under 16, an eight hour working day, and equal labour rights for women legislated as part of a general reform process in Qatar.


  • ICTUR et al.,, ed. (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7.