QICC to set up a joint committee to improve workplace relations

Doha: Qatar International Cables Company (QICC) is collaborating with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to set up a pilot joint committee in order to ensure good workplace relations.

The move aims at promoting employees’ participation rights through a new communication channel that will be an avenue for management to share information to the employees and at the same time enable them to raise questions, issues or concerns to management.

As part of this joint effort, QICC’s HR and Admin Director, Karima Cherifi invited both organisations represented by Marie-José Tayah, ILO’s Technical Officer on Dispute Resolution and Mohammed Saied Salem Al Athba Al Merri and Abdulaziz Mohammed Sharif  from ADLSA to tour the facilities in QICC’s cable factory in Mesaieed. On this occasion, they also discussed the details of the formation of the joint committee.

“The Ministry of Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs support all efforts that help facilitate strong workplace relations as these will benefit employers and employees alike.  We warmly welcome the steps QICC is taking to pilot this joint committee and look forward to replicating this initiative across Qatar,” said ADLSA official.

“It is an honour to support the realization of Qatar’s 2030 vision and to pilot the creation of a joint committee. QICC is a multicultural company employing workers from 18 nationalities, some 60 percent of whom are blue-collar employees. The creation of the joint committee will play an important role in breaking down the barriers between management and operators,” said  Karima Cherifi, QICC HR and Admin Director.

“We were impressed with QICC’s existing labour-management communication culture. Supervisors discuss key performance indicators and safety guidelines on a monthly basis with factory workers. Further, bulletin boards, safety technical flash reports and employee skill scorecards can be found across the factory. This is certainly a good base for taking labour-management relationships in QICC a step further through the formation of joint committees,” said Marie-José Tayah, ILO Technical Officer on Dispute Resolution.

This joint committee will facilitate open communication between management and employees helping to solve work-related issues and enhance working conditions. The joint committee will also consider areas such as employment regulations, training, health and safety as well as working conditions.The project is expected to start by mid-January 2019.

Qatar International Cables Company is a Nexans Company established in Qatar in June 2008 as a joint venture company between Nexans and Al Mirqab Capital and is fully managed by Nexans. The head quarter and the plant is in Mesaieed with a Sales and Administrative Office in Doha.

The production range includes Low- and Medium- Voltage power cables, control cables, LSZH cables, fire safety cables with the main market covering GCC, Yemen, Iran and Iraq. The expansion will cover also include low end High-voltagepower cables with the target to supply to Kahramaa power network expansion projects. The plant is among the most advanced Nexans factories in the MENA (Middle-East North Africa) region.
Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar