Labour rights and the Qatar World Cup 2022

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In December 2010, Qatar won its bid to host the 2022 World Cup. In preparation, Qatar will spend an estimated US$100 billion on infrastructure, including a new airport, roads, hotels and stadiums.

The international media, unions and human rights organizations have shone a spotlight on abuses of migrant workers’ rights in Qatar.  Major concerns include the exploitative “kafala” sponsorship system; lack of freedom of association / right to form unions; confiscation of passports; and harmful working and housing conditions.  The World Cup provides an opportunity to push for change.

This page features the latest developments on labour rights in Qatar.  It also provides an overview of what key actors are doing – from international unions to the Qatari Government itself.  And it highlights the role and responsibilities of companies operating in Qatar.

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26 November 2018

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26 November 2018

The Guardian: World Cup construction workers in Qatar struggle with low pay

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8 October 2018

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4 September 2018

Qatar: Labour abuse reported at World Cup sites and infrastructure projects, internal investigations underway

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17 August 2018

SC Statement on incident at Al Wakrah Stadium

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

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17 March 2018

Qatar: Local World Cup organiser working with contractors to pay back recruitment fees to migrant workers

Author: Anthony Harwood, Global Construction Review

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8 March 2018

Qatar: Second independent audit of World Cup construction uncovers mixed company performance on migrant workers’ rights

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5 March 2018

Qatar 2022 organiser launches Workers' Welfare website

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31 January 2018

ITUC: Qatar 2022 World Cup will honour workers' rights as govt. commits to timetable of labour reforms that end 'kafala'

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Nepal: Amnesty International survey documents exploitation of migrant workers by recruitment agents charging excessive, illegal fees

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