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Workers' groups call on FIFA sponsors to act on Qatar conditions - Coca-Cola, Visa respond

Activists are calling on FIFA sponsors Coca-Cola, Adidas, Visa, Kia, Hyundai, McDonald's, Gazprom, and Budweiser to challenge alleged human-rights abuses at construction sites for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The petition is led by International Trade Union Confederation, the Trade Union Congress, Skins sportswear, and the New FIFA Now group.

So far, Coca-Cola and Visa have issued statements in response to the campaign.

Coca-Cola statement as reported by PR Week:

The Coca-Cola Company does not condone human rights abuses anywhere in the world.  We know FIFA is working with Qatari authorities to address specific labor and human-rights issues.  We expect FIFA to continue taking these matters seriously and to work toward further progress.


We welcome constructive dialogue on human-rights issues, and we will continue to work with many individuals, human-rights organizations, sports groups, government officials, and others to develop solutions and foster greater respect for human rights in sports and elsewhere

Visa statement as reported by PR Week:

We continue to be troubled by the reports coming out of Qatar related to the World Cup and migrant-worker conditions.  We have expressed our grave concern to FIFA and urge them to take all necessary actions to work with the appropriate authorities and organizations to remedy this situation and ensure the health and safety of all involved.

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24 May 2015

Qatar blocks Nepalese workers from returning home for earthquake funerals

Author: www.buzzfeed.com

Thousands of Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar, toiling on construction sites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, have been denied the chance to return home for the funerals of loved ones killed in last month’s deadly earthquake, Nepal’s government says...Qatari companies are blocking people from leaving the country because of the need to complete the construction projects...“While workers in some sectors of the economy have been given this, those on World Cup construction sites are not being allowed to leave because of the pressure to complete projects on time.”

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19 May 2015

Coca-Cola speaks out about 2022 World Cup migrant worker abuse in Qatar

Author: Shona Ghosh, Marketing (UK)

"Coca-Cola speaks out about 2022 World Cup migrant worker abuse", 19 May 2015

Coca-Cola has spoken out against the human rights abuses taking place in Qatar, where hundreds of workers have died during construction work on the 2022 World Cup sites. Coke, along with Fifa's other seven sponsors, is under pressure to speak out about poor working conditions in Qatar, and to lobby the Qatari government to address humans rights abuses...

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19 May 2015

FIFA sponsors under pressure to speak out on Qatar labour conditions

Author: PR Week

"FIFA sponsors under pressure to speak out on Qatar labor conditions", 19 May 2015

Activist groups are pressuring FIFA’s sponsors to speak out on working conditions in Qatar, equating conditions at 2022 World Cup sites to "slavery." They are calling on Coca-Cola, Adidas, Visa, Kia, Hyundai, McDonald's, Gazprom, and Budweiser to challenge alleged human-rights abuses at the construction sites...

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19 May 2015

Qatar: World Cup 2022 sponsors asked to speak out about working conditions in building sites

Author: Bill Wilson, BBC News (UK)

"Fifa World Cup sponsors urged to speak out over Qatar", 18 May 2015

Fifa sponsors are being asked by a new campaign grouping to speak out about working conditions at the 2022 World Cup building sites in Qatar...International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) leader Sharan Burrow said the work conditions were "simply slavery"...

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Author: بي بي سي عربي

"ضغوط على رعاة الفيفا لتحسين ظروف العمل في إنشاءات قطر"، 18 أيار 2015

 يتعرض رعاة مونديال قطر المقرر عام 2022 لحملة من الضغوط حول ظروف العمال الذين يقومون بالإنشاءات الخاصة بالحدث. وتعرضت قطر لانتقادات متكررة بخصوص ظروف العمل والإقامة التى تقدمها للعمال في الاستادات والإنشاءات الجارية استعدادا للبطولة. وقال شاران بيرو رئيس الاتحاد الدولي لنقابات العمال إن الظروف التى يعمل فيها العمال الأسيويين في قطر "هي عبودية صرفة". ووجه الاتحاد خطابات لثمانية رعاة لحثهم على استخدام موقعهم للضغط على الاتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم "الفيفا". كما طالبت جماعة الضغط "فيفا جديد الأن" كل الرعاة بالضغط على الفيفا أيضا بسبب انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان في قطر. وشهد العام الماضي ضغوطا من الرعاة وهم أديداس وماكدونالدز وغازبروم وهيونداي وكيا وبادوايزر وكوكاكولا وفيزا بخصوص الجدل حول إسناد تنظيم البطولة لقطر...

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14 May 2015

1,000 Indian workers dead: The grim reality of Qatar's FIFA World Cup dream

Author: Kunal Anand, Indiatimes

The 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup will kill more Indians than the numbers of players it will host. This is what Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation said last year, when news of Qatari human rights violations made headlines. A thousand Indians had already died...Working 12 hours a day in 50 degree heat, without enough water - that’ll knock anyone out...many reported having lower salaries (which were rarely, or never paid), having their passports taken away, and working seven days a week...Despite the high death count of Indian labourers in Qatar, our embassy in Qatar says this it is “quite normal”, according to Amnesty International.

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