Tomorrow, Dec. 2, will be the third anniversary of Qatar winning hosting rights to the2022 World Cup. To mark the occasion, an international trade union today held an event to draw attention to the plight of migrant workers and press for reforms.
This afternoon, members of the International Trade Union Confederation laid out 30 white hardhats on a grassy hill in Sheraton Park, and held a moment of silence for the 30 Indian and Nepalese workers it says die each month in Qatar.
“This should change. This nation must change,” said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow, later adding that the fatality figures came from the embassies of the respective countries.
She also reiterated her position that World Cup hosting rights should be taken away from Qatar unless the government pledges to abolish its sponsorship, or kafala system, allows workers to form unions and introduces a minimum wage.
Over the weekend, representatives from an international organization representing football players made similar demands during a meeting with Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee. see more