Article 10 provides that the filing of labour suits will be exempted from judicial fees.
Despite the helpful provisions of this article, practical obstacles still effect workers in obtaining access to civil or administrative remedies for breaches of the Labour Law.
These obstacles include: a lack of knowledge of their rights or the mechanisms for redress amongst migrant workers; the fact that their usual day of rest on a Friday will coincide with the Ministry of Labour and the Courts being close; the allegation, made by Amnesty international, that employers frequently refuse to engage with complaints brought through the Ministry of Labour; and the fact that the Qatari Courts generally operate in Arabic. A 2013 Amnesty International report highlights that workers are routinely asked by the Labour Court to pay a fee of 600 riyals under the pretext of fee for an investigation report, in breach of Art. 10 of the Labour Law.
Article 10. All lawsuits filed by the workers or their heirs claiming the entitlements accruing under the provisions of this law or the service contract shall be dealt with urgency and shall be exempted from judicial fees.
Law /Qatar / Labour Law No. 14 of 2004
Qatar Labour Law 2004 governs the terms of employment of the majority of workers working in Qatar. The Labour Law sets out the minimum entitlements of workers employed in Qatar, and as such, it contains a number of important protections for workers, prohibits child labour, prohibits recruiting foreign workers by or through unlicensed recruiters or agencies,bans recruitment agencies from charging recruitment fees, and provides for mechanisms to enforce its provisions.
Any stipulations contrary to the provisions of the Labour Law are void unless more advantageous to the employee.