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12 Okt 2022

Human Rights Watch

FIFA urged to address migrant worker concerns as non payment of wages prompt protests from workers

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"Qatar/FIFA: Address Demands of Migrant Worker Strikes", 11 Oct 2022

FIFA and Qatari authorities should ensure that migrant workers who have made the Qatar Men’s World Cup 2022 possible receive their full wages and benefits and are neither arrested nor deported for participating in protests, Human Rights Watch said today. FIFA and Qatari authorities should also tackle underlying wage abuse grievances including by supporting a remedy fund to comprehensively address this problem.

Between April and September 2022, Human Rights Watch interviewed 32 migrant workers from India, Kenya, and Nepal who recently participated in or planned strikes, which are prohibited in Qatar.

Most migrant workers told Human Rights Watch that they had participated in strikes to protest wage theft as employers’ fail to pay wages on time, sometimes for months. Other workers with short-term visas participated in strikes after companies told them they were sending them home before their two-year employment contract had ended. One migrant worker said he was detained on August 14 with a group of other protesters and deported after 20 days. Qatari authorities confirmed that they detained and facilitated the “voluntary return” of workers who had joined the August 14 strike for “violating Qatar’s public security laws” and said they have taken legal action against two companies for wage abuse....

[Article makes specific allegations against Redco International, Al Jaber Trading & Contracting, Al Bandary International and Electrowatt re non payment of wages. Other issues raised include threats and intimidation, recruitment fees and the suppression of protests. FIFA has previously responded to the allegations workers are being home before the World Cup without receiving their end of service benefits here]