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8 Nov 2017

Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters

ILO closes workers' complaint against World Cup host Qatar

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The International Organization for Labour closed a complaint by workers against Qatar on Wednesday after the government introduced legislation to protect workers and pledged further reforms as well as technical cooperation with the U.N. agency. The unanimous decision, taken by the ILO’s Governing Body after a 45-minute meeting in Geneva, means it will not set up an ILO commission of inquiry into alleged exploitation in the 2022 World Cup host...

The complaint had “originated out of a deep concern about exploitation exposing almost 2 million workers to forced labor,” the workers’ group spokeswoman Catelene Passchier said. “While we welcome and support this agreement between ILO and Qatar, we emphasize that nice words and good intentions are not sufficient. Implementation of these intentions in law and practice is critical,” she told the talks.