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3 Nov 2022

France 24

Qatar 2022: Labour Minister rejects the FIFA-led compensation proposal for migrant workers, says it is "racist"

"Qatar rejects compensation fund for World Cup migrant workers", 2 Nov 2022

Labour Minister Ali bin Samikh Al Marri told AFP that Qatar is already handing out hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid wages, and accused the Gulf state's critics of "racism"...

"This call for a duplicative FIFA-led compensation campaign is a publicity stunt," he said in an exclusive interview. "Our door is open. We have dealt with and resolved a lot of cases."...

FIFA has said there is "ongoing dialogue" about the fund, but in the government's first public comment, Marri said the proposal was unworkable...

Marri said 420,000 workers have switched jobs since the laws were passed and $320 million has been paid out this year alone to workers who had lost wages.

"After all this effort, all these reforms, people still attack us," he said...