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INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION WARNED QATAR TO REFORM LABOUR LAWS AS WORLD CUP NEARS

Arrangements on World Cup has highlighted the fact that 4000 migrant workers could die if necessary steps are not taken.

Several countries put pressure on Qatar in order to reform its labour laws to prevent abuse of migrant employees working prepare for the 2022 World Cup.

After the scrutiny of Qatar's human rights, many of the 84 countries speaking at the UN Human Rights Council called on the Gulf state to make an end to its kafala sponsorship system that compels each of its 1.4 million migrant workers to be a single employer.

International Labour Organization also joined this action to enforce Qatar to reform labour laws. The initiative was founded on the facts that there are several reports on the violations of the rights of migrant workers who work in the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Consequently, some recommendations have emerged in order to improve the plight, including scrapping visas which can prevent migrant workers leaving, and receiving legal protection.

Moreover, the UK delegation is fighting for the introduction of a clear timetable on scrapping the sponsorship system and for new rules to protect domestic workers who are not protected by the existing labour law.

Unfortunately, countries which are the main suppliers of migrant workers to Qatar and hence depend on the jobs provided by the construction boom in the country were less ambitious.

The Qatari authorities have received a report from a law firm DLA Oiper. This report was commissioned in the wake of the global indignation which was induced by the treatment of migrant workers. In addition, human rights organizations put additional pressure on Qatar.

The above mentioned International Trade Union has warned the public that 4000 workers could die before the start of the World Cup in 2022 unless the authorities take steps in order to protect them. Moreover, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have detailed cases where the immigrants work for little pay and under unsafe and insanitary conditions. It is also revealed that some workers have been prevented from leaving the countries and others have been not paid.

The alteration in the Labour Law, which are based on the recommendations by the DLA Piper's report are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The abuse of rights of migrant workers also has come to the front of the women's rights and the importance of the freedom of expression.

According to the assistant foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Quatar has recognised that there are some issues and challenges regarding migrant workers. As a consequence, the Qatar government will set out an overall work programme which will improve the shortcomings of the labour laws.

 

The gLAWcal team

The 7th of May 2014

Source: The Guardian