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18 Mai 2020

Jay Ramasubramanyam, Open Democracy

Will global corporations take responsibility for those they have long exploited?

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COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, on March 11... among the most aggrieved are migrant workers and factory workers in the global south...

Workers... have also been forced to live in squalid conditions and are unable to practice social distancing... [they] are also unable to access healthcare and sanitation...

The pandemic has laid bare the fragility of the system that favours the interests of consumers while simultaneously failing its workers...

[BHRRC] expressed concerns in a report and demonstrated that little has been done to protect migrant workers. Construction companies have not provided workers with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and have not guaranteed job security. The lack of protection both from Qatar and from countries of origin of many of these workers has exacerbated their already perilous conditions.