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27 Jul 2020

Noah, Migrant-Rights.org

Getting Lucky: Client, not employer, decides how you live

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GSS Certis... With contracts in hospitality, energy, transport, aviation, banking, education etc, it is by no means a small company.

The living conditions in question: six people crammed in a relatively tiny room, with three bunk beds, metal lockers and personal effects taking up a huge chunk of the space. The number of toilet and shower facilities fell short of the ratio stipulated by government regulations. There were over 2,000 of us in the ‘labour camp’...

It was only after Migrant-Rights.org published my reflections that things changed for us... on 21 June we were shifted back to the Industrial Area, back to the pre-Covid19 situation. Two days later though, we came back to three people per room, single beds, bedside table with a small lamp...

And by all, I mean all of us contracted to work for the Msheireb Downtown Doha project. The remaining blocks within the accommodation still house six people, crammed into tiny rooms...

the majority, if not all, of the guards employed by GSS Certis and housed in our camp work for some very big names here in Qatar and around the world.