This is a local story, strangely, as WMHT member Neil Vernon was one of a delegation of trade unionists who went to Qatar to find out more about the stories of exploitation and virtual slavery of immigrant workers building a stadium for the World Cup, amongst other projects.
Labour rights in Qatar
Amnesty International has poured cold water on Qatar’s claims to be protecting workers on FIFA World Cup projects, exposing a litany of abuses faced by people refitting the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
Stephen Cavalier had heard a lot about the exploitation of the migrant workers building Qatar’s World Cup dream. But nothing prepared him for the shock of seeing it first hand on a UNITE delegation last week organised by Building Workers’ International (BWI – the global construction unions’ federation.)
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has voted to send a high-level mission to investigate conditions for workers in Qatar. The vote came despite Qatari resistance to an independent investigation.
Scores of Labour MPs have thrown their support behind the campaign to end the exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar.
A recent Building Workers International mission to Qatar uncovered shocking human rights abuses, with migrant construction workers being worked to death.