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FIFA top committee to address Qatar (Cup 2022) labor working conditions

Monday, March 17th 2014 - 15:56 UTC
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 Sharan Burrow said FIFA should make the abolition of kafala and respect for international labor rights a condition of Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022. Sharan Burrow said FIFA should make the abolition of kafala and respect for international labor rights a condition of Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022.

A new report from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) exposes how far Qatar will go to deny workers their rights, ahead of a critical FIFA Executive Committee meeting on Thursday 20th March in Zurich.

 The Executive Committee will consider a FIFA investigation into labor rights problems in Qatar, after the ITUC estimated 4000 workers could die before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup. The issue of migrant workers in Qatar, and initiatives that FIFA could take, will be on the Executive Committee agenda on 20 – 21 March.

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said Qatar is a government which takes no responsibility for workers, and its response to criticism is focused on public relations.

During a site visit to Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, the ITUC General Secretary found 38 workers from India, Nepal and Thailand living in squalor with mattresses on the floor in makeshift rooms underneath the bleachers or stadium seats.

FIFA responded to the ITUC photographic evidence of conditions at Al Wakrah Stadium by describing the situation in Qatar as “complex.”

The Supreme Committee, responsible for the entire 585,000 m2 Al Wakrah precinct development, denied any responsibility for the workers, saying they were not covered by the Supreme Committee Workers’ Welfare Standards designed to appease international unease with labor abuses in the country.

“We are pleased that these workers will be re-housed after the ITUC exposed their situation and raised the case with FIFA. It is regrettable that the Supreme Committee’s “successful inspection” in January did not detect these workers.

That the sporting community of Qatar thought it was reasonable to house workers in these conditions inside the Al Wakrah stadium in the first place appalls us,” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary ITUC.

“Qatar must change. FIFA can make a difference by making the abolition of kafala and respect for international labour rights a condition of Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022.

”If FIFA demands that Qatar abolish kafala and respect fundamental international rights, it will happen,” said Sharan Burrow.

The report “The Case Against Qatar” sets out the broken system for workers in Qatar, how Qatar fails the test of international law and provides new evidence on working conditions including: salty water being provided to workers in camps for cooking and washing; employers demanding deposits of US$275 are paid by workers before they are allowed to leave for holidays; over 2500 Indonesian maids a year fleeing from abusive sponsors; and workers in squalid accommodation at the Al Wakrah Stadium.


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  • ChrisR

    If you go round dressed in burkas don’t be surprised if you cannot see what is going on: and that’s the men.

    WTF the football World Cup should be held in this place rivals onlt Brazil for stupidity (or corruption).

    Mar 17th, 2014 - 04:25 pm 0
  • rupertbrooks0

    The World Cup Finals; in Qatar? What a terrible idea. Does FIFA have no shame? The list of corruption scandals in FIFA is as long as your arm; and they’re the ones that have come to light.

    The Qatari finals will have to be moved to winter time, causing massive disruption to the European football schedules, on account of the 50 degree heat in the Qatari summer. Didn’t they think of this before they voted for them?

    I really don’t think there is any point countries like England, Germany, Australia, The Netherlands etc, making bids in the future, as without bribes and corruption a bidding country has no chance of winning.

    Mar 17th, 2014 - 06:20 pm 0
  • Briton

    Afair days work-for a fair days pay,

    unless you live in this part of the world,
    you will work until we say so, or else..

    football should not be held in that country,

    Mar 17th, 2014 - 08:24 pm 0
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