By Courtney Trenwith
International Trade Union Confederation wants more workers’ rights in Qatar
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has appealed to football governing body FIFA to cancel Qatar’s right to host the 2022 World Cup and run a new vote that requires countries to include workers’ rights in their bid.
ITUC claimed in a statement that “hundreds of workers are dying and thousands more are injured in Qatar”.
The union claims that despite promises from FIFA and the Qatar government to improve standards nothing has changed.
In a statement released on Wednesday, ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow said the organisation has written to FIFA calling on it to rerun the vote.
She said more than a million migrant workers were being exploited, were receiving “poverty” wages and were being denied basic human rights.
“This is not a move we take lightly. The 2022 World Cup was awarded years ahead of schedule, if a new venue is selected in the next two years there is still time for the infrastructure to be in place in time for the games,” Burrow said.
“FIFA must act now- the longer the delay, the more workers will suffer and die.
“FIFA and Qatar have spoken frequently about need for reform, but the record is rife with broken promises. The Qataris have pledged to ensure that international labour standards are met, while construction workers die at a rate eight times that of other rich countries.”
The union claims a leaked copy of a charter of workers’ rights written by the local organizing committee for the games contradicts Qatari law and fails to give workers rights or protection from slavery conditions.
The ITUC and Equal Times, an international campaigns website, are calling on international football federation members and football fans to pressure FIFA to change the venue for the 2022 World Cup unless workers’ rights are respected.
They said Qatar should maintain its candidacy for the 2022 event, but only win again if it can prove it has met global labour standards and stopped “treating the people building the World Cup facilities as slaves”.
The 2022 World Cup has been plagued with controversy since it was awarded to Qatar in December 2010.
There have been allegations of corruption and vote-buying among FIFA executives and concerns that extreme heat will endanger athletes.
On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the Gulf country to ensure a reliable legal framework for companies bidding for the multi-million dollar infrastructure projects.
isn't in the US the minimum wage $5, that sounds just as bad as else where. they need to practise what they preach and start with their own home before going knocking at others
I totally agree with (ITUC). There should be new a round of vote.
Is this the beginning of the end ?
the last time I worked in the state of CA, the minimum wage is 8.5 USD during the peak of recession..it is still better than anywhere here in the middle east.
In US the minimum wage is US$8 per hour legally. So, comparatively in Qatar the wage should be 27 Qatari Riyals. But unfortunately the labor used in construction like mason, helper, tile fixer, etc. do not get more than 5 Dhms ($1.5) per hour and experienced labor in same category do not get 9 Dhms ($2.5) per hour in UAE and it should be same in Qatar too.
The labor gets this because they are bound to work for a company, the their company subcontract with a subcontractor and subcontractor contract with Main contractor and main contractor with the builder and builder with finally main project company. The project company pays 25-30 dhms p/hr to main contractor and it then filters between these middle companies and in the end labor gets only 20% out of 100%.
I think the UAE govt. and govts. in the gulf should divert their attention towards it and guarantees that the labor should get the atleast 50% of what it is originally distributed by main project company.
Qatar does not deserve to host such a event unless laws are changed to be fair for workers
Please get your facts right , the minimum wage in the USA is NOT 5$ and they truly know the dignity of Labour and hardwork.
I completely agree that the decision to host 2022 World Cup in Qatar must be reviewed and correct measures should be taken which may also include revoking the decision to host World Cup in Qatar.
Please tell me more about the labor rights in your country.
Oh no! Fifa delegates must repay back their bribes? No more vacation in the Maldives? No more Ferrari rides? That's sad. I don't think the labour low wages is the real reason behind this.
Then we should stop buying products that come from India, China etc where the wages are even lower.
This Trade Union is only doing this so that the countries they represent get a share of the contracts that are given, all they want is money and all they have is jealousy. I never heard anyone mention anything about the labor conditions in South Africa, and they have never even talked about the labor conditions in Russia (which won the bid for 2016). Nike is operating in undeveloped countries and hiring child labors, at the same time their shares are being traded on the New York Stock Exchange. This was never about human rights from the beginning, its all about the money that they are trying to get.