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Conditions for migrant workers in Qatar have worsened since World Cup, union says

Conditions for migrant workers in Qatar have worsened since World Cup, union says

Global Union Federations demand that Qatar’s federal government established a compensation fund for mistreated workers, establish a facility for migrant workers

FIFA will certainly evaluate on Thursday whether sufficient has been done to tackle civils rights offenses and also migrant employee fatalities

Migrant employees in Qatar have dealt with worsening problems because the FIFA World Cup, a team of 8 worldwide union federations stated on Wednesday.

On the eve of FIFA’s 73rd Congress in Rwanda, the Global Union Federations released a declaration revealing “severe issues on the suitable job legacy of the World Cup and also the sustainability of labor reforms in Qatar.”

It stated: “Reports on the ground in Qatar, expose constant breaches of the brand-new labour legislation by rogue employers pushed by an absence of enforcement as well as growing self-confidence that civil liberties offenses will go unpunished.”

The unions standing for the abilities and services fields assert that reform has stagnated because of a lack of political will, active opposition from lots of violent companies, as well as an absence of progress on the International Labour Company’s Basic Principles and also Legal Rights at the office.

” The hazards, arrests, and abrupt stop of significant collaboration with the Global Union Federations further verify a deteriorating environment and also restraint to improve development accomplished via discussion and teamwork,” the statement proceeded.

The unions demanded that Qatar’s federal government set up a settlement fund for mistreated employees and develop a center for migrant workers. They additionally requested that the ILO carry out an independent testimonial of Qatar’s efforts to fulfill its civils rights obligations.

Previously on Monday, FIFA got an open letter from Amnesty International, which was sustained by a million trademarks, doubting whether the federation’s proposed “heritage fund” would adequately assist employees that had suffered wage burglary, prohibited employment fees, as well as injuries in Qatar, or make up the family members of those that died.

Complying with a proposal from the Norwegian Football Federation, FIFA will certainly examine on Thursday whether sufficient has been done to tackle human rights offenses and migrant employee deaths in Qatar.

The Guardian has actually reached out to the Qatari government and the Globe Mug Supreme Board for remark.

However, the government has actually formerly specified: “Over the past 20 years, Qatar has actually changed its labor system, establishing itself as the region’s honored leader when it comes to labor civil liberties. We have taken substantial activity– working in conjunction with the ILO and also various other partners– to boost the lives of all workers in Qatar.”

Last Updated:  16 March 2023

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