Qatar: Migrant Workers Strike Over Work Conditions
Date Reported: 8 Aug 2019
CompaniesIskan Group (Partner of Tashgeel) - Employer, Tashgeel Group - Employer, FIFA - Partner
ProjectsAl Bayt Stadium - Client, Al Thumama Stadium - Client, Hamad International Airport (expansion) - Client, Msheireb Downtown Doha - Client, Education City Stadium - Client
Total individuals affected: 900Migrant & immigrant workers: (Number unknown - Location unknown, Construction)
IssuesFailing to renew visas, Precarious/Unsuitable Living Conditions, Restricted mobility, Wage Theft, Freedom of Movement
Response sought: Yes, by Resource Centre
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Action taken: In light of the strikes, HRW reiterated its calls to the government to amend labour laws to allow workers to escape abusive situations and guarantee the right for workers to strike. A Qatari government statement confirmed an investigation into the allegations. The Resource Centre contacted Tashgeel Group for a response to the allegations. We were unable to reach Iskan Group. According to a government statement, an investigation into the wage delays had found a series of non-payments to both companies elsewhere in the supply chain.
Source type: NGO
Hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar went on strike this week to protest what they say are poor working conditions, unpaid and delayed wages, and threats of reduced wages, Human Rights Watch said today.
One migrant worker at a Qatari company that provides maintenance, cleaning, plumbing, and other services, told Human Rights Watch that he and between 800 and 1,000 other employees refused to report to work on August 5, 2019. The employee said there had been repeated threats from management to deport the workers if they refused to sign new contracts substantially reducing their wages. Hamad International Airport, Qatar’s main airport, is among the company’s clients.
Five police vehicles arrived on site [ of the strike] .... but that they did not try to disperse the protesters.
While positive, reforms [ aimed at improving migrant worker conditions] have not gone far enough, and implementation has been uneven.Click on allegations button to the left to see further details including which companies and World Cup projects were implicated