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4 Jan 2022

Rayhan Uddin, Middle East Eye

Qatar 2022 World Cup: MEE speaks to hospitality & construction workers; some praise access to healthcare while others are improperly paid & cannot change jobs

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“The World Cup has woken us up,” the Qatari official says. “Ten years ago, some of the accomodation for guest workers was unacceptable. We would be the first to admit that.” ...

Two workers, one in construction and another in hospitality, said that their passports were currently being held by their employer...

One employee at a hotel said that to earn the minimum wage, he was being forced by his employer to work overtime hours for which he was not being compensated. He added that he attempted to leave his job, but his employer would not write him an adequate reference.

Qatari officials told MEE that things would not change overnight, and it would take time for companies of all sizes to fall into line. They also stressed that the government had simplified ways in which workers could raise grievances.

... several workers told MEE that voicing concerns was easier said than done, and that they feared for their visa status when pursuing legal action.

Several migrant workers did feel that many of the reforms were beneficial, particularly the ban on working outdoors during the hottest hours in summer... [and] in relation to free and accessible healthcare.