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Latest news & company responses: Migrant workers in Qatar & the UAE

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16 January 2020

UAE: Employers using tourist visa scams to trap Indian migrants in abusive work

Author: Roli Srivastava, Thomson Reuters Foundation

"Tourist visa scam traps Indian migrants in abusive jobs in UAE," 15 Jan 2020...

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15 January 2020

UAE: Indian carpenter repatriated after being left jobless and stranded

Author: Anjana Kumar, Gulf News (UAE)

"Stranded Sharjah carpenter returns home after losing job, visa in the UAE," 14 Jan 2020 An Indian carpenter... [stranded] in Sharjah for [two] years has been repatriated - thanks to fellow Indian community members and the Consul General of India (CGI...

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10 January 2020

Nepal: Supreme Court orders action on unexplained, high numbers of migrant worker deaths

Thousands of workers leave Nepal every year to work overseas, many of them to the Gulf countries - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE - to work in manual labour jobs, particularly in construction. Working conditions have been criticised...

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6 January 2020

UAE: Construction workers at Houston Marine Services allege salary delays; company did not respond

In December 2019, the Odisha Labour Commissioner contacted the UAE Ministry of External Affairs over a case of labour abuse brought by five workers from Odisha....

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6 January 2020

UAE: Two employees of Al Maidan Sanitary repatriated after months with no pay; company did not respond

In December 2019, two Indian workers were repatriated thanks to the intervention of the Indian Consultate in Dubai....

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30 December 2019

Addressing the plight of women migrant workers

Author: K M Ali Raza, the Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Numerous stories have been reported in the media about the unspeakable sufferings and exploitations of Bangladeshi women migrant workers (WMWs) in some Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states...[ To address the abuse] some suggest imposing restrictions...

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23 December 2019

Qatar 2022 World Cup: Worker deaths 'not in vain', says Hassan Al Thawadi

Author: Bryan Swanson, Sky Sports News

The official [ of the Sypreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy] leading the 2022 World Cup preparations says they are "working hard" to prevent further deaths [ of migrant workers] - but cannot give an assurance that other workers will not die in...

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17 December 2019

Qatar: ILO acknowledges reforms but emphasises "many more milestones" to go in protection of migrant rights

Author: Patrick Wintour, The Guardian (UK)

The Qatari official in charge of organising the [2022 Qatar World Cup] has claimed that criticism of his country’s treatment of migrant workers will have a ripple effect that will improve regional labour standards......

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17 December 2019

Qatar: Liverpool FC expresses concern over migrant worker deaths ahead of Club World Cup; FIFA responded

Liverpool Football Club have set out their position regarding well-documented abuses of migrant workers' rights and deaths in Qatar. The statement from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore comes as the team prepare to play in Fifa's Club World Cup, hosted by the...

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9 December 2019

UAE: Hundreds of Reem Island construction workers strike over unpaid wages

Workers at an unnamed construction company in Abu Dhabi have been repeatedly protesting against months of unpaid wages. In July 2019 it was reported that hundreds workers were downing tools and refusing to work in protest....

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