News 22 April 2016

FIFA creates oversight body for Qatar 2022 stadium workers

The Fédération Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA) has created an oversight body designed to ensure decent working conditions for the workers building the stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. FIFA said that the body would include ‘independent members’, however its composition would be ‘led by FIFA’.

New FIFA President Gianni Infantino told Qatar Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani that measures introduced by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy that moves to ensure fair worker conditions on FIFA World Cup construction sites were “going in the right direction”. However, he also warned: “It is essential for the Qatari authorities to ensure that the country complies to international standards on the treatment of workforce and to continue at full pace with the implementation of the promised measures. The hosting of the FIFA World Cup is an opportunity to set a benchmark in terms of sustainable and fair conditions for all workers in Qatar.”

On 17 March, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) gave Qatar a year to reform its migrant labour laws, or face a full inquiry by the United Nations (PDF below). This followed a warning from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) that 7,000 migrant workers would die by the time the 2022 Qatar World Cup takes place.

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