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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8 October 2018

Qatar to launch visa centres in labour sending countries to prevent abusive recruitment practices

Author: Gulf Times

"Qatar’s first overseas visa centre set to open", 2 October 2018...

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4 September 2018

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

Author: Anchal Vohra, DW

"Is Qatar failing to deliver on its World Cup promises?", 30 August 2018...

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17 August 2018

Qatar World Cup's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy issues statement, launches investigation into death of Nepalese construction worker at Al Wakrah Stadium

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

"SC Statement on incident at Al Wakrah Stadium", 14 Aug 2018...

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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

By the end of March more than 5,500 people from across South Asia, a third of the workforce, will be reimbursed money they paid to middlemen who hired them to work in [Qatar]. The Doha government is negotiating with its contractors in the hope that...

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8 March 2018

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

Author: Impactt Limited (UK)

"Annual External Compliance Report of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy's Workers' Welfare Standards. Changing the game: towards real impacts for workers", February 2018....

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5 March 2018

Qatar 2022 organiser launches Workers' Welfare website

Author: The Peninsula

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) launched today a new website Workers' Welfare for the wellbeing of those helping to deliver the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums. ...

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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'

Author: Anthony Harwood, The Independent (UK)

"Qatar 2022 World Cup will honour workers' rights with the end of the kafala system, predicts ITUC head", 28 Jan 2018....

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3 January 2018

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

In December 2017, Amnesty International conducted a survey of 414 Nepali migrant workers. The results revealed that 88% reported that they paid fees to recruitment agents for their jobs overseas. Most workers also had to take out high-interest loans...

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27 November 2017

Qatar: Mobile app for World Cup migrant workers facilitates money transfers to their families back home

Author: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (Qatar)

"New app makes it easier for 2022 FIFA World Cup™ workers to send money home", 8 October 2017...

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20 November 2017

Qatar: Details behind death of British worker on World Cup stadium site remain undisclosed

Zac Cox, a British male technician working on a World Cup stadium site, died in January 2017 after falling 40 metres due to failed safety equipment. 10 months later, Cox’s family has yet to receive a detailed account of the incident. The Supreme...

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