UK construction giant Carillion has launched an investigation into claims that migrant labourers working for its subcontractors in Qatar are being forced to work in unsafe conditions and having wages withheld.
Workers told the BBC’s Newsnight they were promised around £300 a month, but earn around a quarter of that after recruitment agency fees and were unable to leave without the permision of their employers.
One worker told the programme he worked 11 hour days, and lived in inhumane conditions in a worker camp.
Carillion said in a statement cited by the UK's Construction News website: “We do everything we can to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our people in Qatar, including employees of our subcontractors.
“As a leading support services and construction company, Carillion sets best in class standards for our people’s health, safety and working conditions wherever we work.
“Carillion is deeply concerned and surprised by the claims made by Newsnight concerning one of our subcontractors and one of their sub-suppliers in the programme broadcast on the 8th December. We are conducting an immediate review of these claims to establish the position and take appropriate action.”
Carillion said it uses 50 subcontractors in Qatar.
The Newsnight report showed video footage of life inside squalid labour camps, with several workers, some of whom worked for Carillion subcontractors, interviewed about the conditions on the ground.
It said more than 1,000 migrant workers have died since Qatar was awarded the World Cup in 2010.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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