Qatar 2022 World Cup: Low pay & withheld passports for Amana employees on first stadium; incl. co. comments
Date Reported: 29 Jul 2014
CompaniesAmana Group - Employer , FIFA - Partner
ProjectsAl Janoub Stadium (previously called Al Wakrah) - Client
Total individuals affected: 100Migrant & immigrant workers: ( 100 - Location unknown , Construction )
IssuesWithholding Passports , Wage Theft
Response sought: Yes, by Journalist
Action taken: The project manager at Amana said an audit had "identified the need of further clarification with regards to workers' pay slips and we are working with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy to clear up the same". After stadium workers told the Guardian their manager had their passports, the World Cup organisers said: "The supreme committee expressly forbids any contractor to confiscate the passports of its workers." Amana disputed that workers did not have access to their passports.
Source type: News outlet
"Qatar World Cup stadium workers earn as little as 45p an hour," 29 July 2014
Migrant workers building the first stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup have been earning as little as 45p an hour, the Guardian can reveal...
More than 100 workers from some of the world's poorest countries are labouring in ferocious desert heat on the 40,000-seat al-Wakrah stadium, which has been designed by the British architect Zaha Hadid and is due to host a quarter-final...
Hadid, whose practice is likely to earn a multimillion-pound fee on the project, said in a joint statement with fellow design firm Aecom that they were "working closely with our clients to ensure that any outstanding issues are resolved"...
Stadium workers also told the Guardian their passports were being held by their manager, in apparent breach of the World Cup organisers' own worker welfare standards, which state: "The contractor shall ensure that all workers have personal possession of their passports and other personal documents."...
Mohamad Ahmad Ali Hussain Hamad, the project manager at Amana Qatar Contracting Company, which employs the workers, said an audit had "identified the need of further clarification with regards to workers' pay slips and we are working with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy to clear up the same".