Several human rights organizations on Tuesday, September 20 called on the sponsors of the Mondial-2022 to support their campaign for compensation from Fifa and Qatar for the workers who worked on the construction sites of the competition, deploring abuses and unpaid wages. paid.
NGOs regularly criticize the working conditions of workers mobilized for years on the various construction sites of the competition planned in this rich gas emirate in the Gulf from November 20. Ten of the 14 corporate partners of Fifa (world football’s governing body), have not made a public pledge of support, nor responded to requests for discussion on the “tournament abuse”deplore Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and FairSquare in a joint press release. “Sponsors should use their considerable influence to pressure FIFA and Qatar to meet their human rights responsibilities to these workers.”, urges Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch. Only four partner companies of the World Cup, Adidas, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and AB InBev, have committed to supporting financial compensation, specify the three NGOs. Visa, Hyundai-Kia, Qatar Energy, Qatar Airways, Vivo, Hisense, Mengniu, Wanda Group, Crypto and Byju’s are the partners and sponsors who did not respond to NGO requests, the latter claim.
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Qatar has implemented workers’ compensation systems but these measures have been slow and have not provided everyone, said Ella Knight, researcher on migrant workers at Amnesty International. “Compensation has been granted to some workers but we must think of all those who have left the country”, and have therefore been unable to benefit despite unpaid wages and other abuses, she said in an online conference. Qatar is accused of minimizing the number of work-related deaths and accidents. NGOs, which welcome certain social reforms, also criticize shortcomings in the protection of workers, as well as a recurring problem of unpaid wages. The government of Qatar welcomes its own reforms, including the introduction of a minimum wage, the relaxation of workers’ dependence on their employers and the imposition of stricter protective rules during very hot summers.
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Like Qatar, the wealthy Gulf Arab states rely heavily on cheap labor from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. According to a recent YouGov poll, commissioned by Amnesty International, 73% of the 17,000 people polled are “completely favorable” we “rather favorable” that Fifa compensates immigrant workers for violations of their rights.