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Qatar labour ministry to scrap sponsor system for foreign workers

Qatar's labour ministry has said the government is set to allow the establishment of a trade union to protect labour rights and scrap the "sponsor" system for foreign workers, AFP has reported. The union, independent from the labour ministry, "will have the right to receive the complaints of workers and protect their rights," the ministry's undersecretary Hussein al-Mulla said. The Gulf country will also scrap the sponsor system for foreign labour, as it aims to gradually recruit one million workers for the 2022 World Cup tournament it is to host, said Mulla. "There is an intention to cancel the sponsor system and replace it with a contract between the worker and the employer," he said.