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Amnesty International: Qatar World Cup Stadium Workers Unpaid

Amnesty International: Qatar World Cup Stadium Workers Unpaid

Thursday, 11 June, 2020 - 09:15
A foreign worker at a supermarket sanitizes shopping carts in Doha, Qatar on 23 May 2020. EPA/NOUSHAD THEKKAYIL

Migrant laborers at a stadium under construction for the World Cup in Qatar went unpaid for up to seven months, rights group Amnesty International revealed Thursday.

Around a hundred workers at Al-Bayt stadium have yet to be paid outstanding wages in full, the organization said following a months-long investigation.

Some received partial payments on June 7.

Steve Cockburn, Amnesty International’s Head of Economic and Social Justice, said: “This case is the latest damning illustration of how easy it still is to exploit workers in Qatar, even when they are building one of the crown jewels of the World Cup.

“Although recent payments will provide some welcome relief for workers, Qatar’s World Cup organizers told us they had known about the salary delays since July 2019. This raises the question of why Qatar allowed workers to continue working for months without pay.”

Responding to the findings, FIFA said it contacted Qatar’s Supreme Committee once it became aware of the case following Amnesty’s investigation, and is now working to ensure that outstanding salaries are paid.

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