This is not an industrial skirmish about wages; this is a serious breach in regard to human and labor rights… Our members are football fans and they don’t want to see the game played in a country that practices slavery.

Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, regarding a “looming confrontation” between Qatar and labor groups ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

ITUC, which represents 175 million workers in 153 countries, has been pushing FIFA for at least six months about the issue. 

Burrow added that recent talks in Qatar about shoring up workers’ rights were not enough.

Eurasia Review reports:

The unions said they were moving ahead with plans for a global campaign this summer under the motto ‘No World Cup in Qatar without labor rights’, to deprive Qatar of its right to host the 2022 World Cup if it failed to align its labor legislation and workers’ condition with international standards…

(Burrow) said (the) proposal for a labor committee involved creation of a government controlled body rather than an independent trade union. The way Qatar planned to abolish the sponsorship system failed to create a level playing field or guarantee workers’ freedom of movement, she said.

Expect to hear more about this issue as Qatar steps up construction ahead of 2022.


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