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29 Nov 2022

Author:
Pete Pattison, The Guardian (UK)

Qatar 2022: Low-paid Ghanaian workers report lack of overtime pay & recruitment fee-payment while supporting national team from afar

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As a roar erupts around the stadium, Philip* leaps into the air. “Goal!” he screams ...

… Philip is not in the stadium, but one of hundreds of Ghanaian supporters outside. They have rushed to the ground from construction sites, guard duties and cleaning shifts across Qatar ...

“It’s very terrible, very terrible here. They treat us like slaves,” he says. “I only get 1,000 rials (£225) a month. Even if they make us do overtime, it’s still 1,000 rials.” Asked about Qatar’s recent labour reforms, he retorts, “No, no, no, no! That is all lies!” ...

Mustapha came to Qatar because his family, “have nothing” … [but was left stranded by his employment agent on arrival] ...

Since then, he has been living in the shadows, picking up casual construction work whenever he can ...

“I’m just excited to be here with my brothers,” says Mustapha, smiling. “Our team is here in the World Cup. That makes me happy.”