August 08, 2019

Migrant workers in Qatar hold rare strikes over conditions as 2022 World Cup looms
Migrant labourers in Qatar have been holding rare strikes in the country, some reportedly in response to poor working conditions on World Cup 2022 construction sites. Thousands took part in two demonstrations over the last week in protest at delayed salaries and “inhuman” conditions. Videos from the protests show workers wearing yellow vests gathered on a street near the capital Doha. “We have not been paid for four months and we have not taken any leave since 2013,” one protester says. “The water we are given is not fit for human consumption.” There has been increased international scrutiny on Qatar since the Gulf state was chosen to host the games, with rights groups accusing it of exploiting foreign labour. Qatar government violates workers working in football stadiums for world cups their rights and all workers strike against them ⁦@hrw⁩ ⁦@FIFAWorldCup⁩ ⁦@AlJazeera⁩ ⁦@sabqorg⁩ pic.twitter.com/C46UaCFVwz— farhan (@farhan30330748) August 4, 2019 The Nepalese government says 1,426 of its nationals have died in Qatar since it was awarded the World Cup in 2010. Some died in accidents, while others died from fatal heat-related illness after working in temperatures exceeding 45 degrees. One NGO forecast the number could reach as high as 4,000 by the time the games begin. Qatar has a migrant labour force of over two million. As many as 30,000 migrant workers helping build the eight stadiums Qatar as well as other infrastructure needed for the tournament. They are subject to a “kafala” sponsorship system, which gives agencies control over many aspects of workers’ lives, including the power to hold their passports and stop them leaving the country. Responding to criticism, Qatar promised a number of reforms, including increasing the minimum wage from 750 Qatari Riyal a month (£158) to 900 Riyal (£195), though it has not been announced when this will be introduced. Qatar's Supreme Council for Delivery and Legacy denied any labourers working on World Cup sites took part in the protests, however, it is understood some were working for construction agencies contracted by the government for 2022 projects. “It is surprising to see workers standing up like considering the high cost of doing so,” Hiba Zayadin, researcher in the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch (HRW), told the Telegraph. “Migrant workers are not legally allowed to strike or join trade unions in Qatar.  “This week’s protests shows how desperate many of them have become, willing to risk being fired or deported fighting for their rights,” she said. “But Qatar’has not cracked down as expected, which might indicate they are worried about international criticism.”
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Oscar 2020

See the list of 2020 Oscar Nominations including best picture, best actors and actresses, and more.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2019 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Gigi Hadid Shades "Irrelevant" Jake Paul After He Disses Zayn | E! News
February 23, 2020
k9BGPvfNbz8
Amanda Bynes Speaks Out on Conservatorship & Cost of Treatment | E! News
February 22, 2020
tw27YPOITeE
Necessary Realness: More Hizzo Please! (Harry Styles + Lizzo) | E! News
February 22, 2020
Aut4Y5L8hJo
Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Sexual Assault and Third-Degree Rape
February 24, 2020
Az1gWMP78Jo
Rihanna Calls for Unity in NAACP Awards Speech
February 23, 2020
KerhObiIBVE
Jamie Foxx Full Backstage 2020 NAACP Image Awards Speech
February 22, 2020
fBtH9qoSBvs
New 'Soup' Host Quizzed On Reality TV's Wildest Moments | Page Six Celebrity News
February 20, 2020
DwNod1dBww8
How Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas got married twice | Page Six Celebrity News
February 18, 2020
vDdl34jkF_E
Teresa Guidice Admits To Joe Cheating On Housewives Hangover | Page Six Celebrity News
February 18, 2020
-Ko98-qfy7A
Gigi Hadid Calls Jake Paul 'Irrelevant Ugly Ass' | TMZ NEWSROOM
February 24, 2020
2KB0ypGTLBc
Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Take Stormi for a Family Day Outing | TMZ
February 23, 2020
yqQxzQIOXyU
Lizzo Says She's Down for a Thong Line with Tommy Hilfiger | TMZ
February 23, 2020
OIwo5UBiHP4
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
23
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Watford
23
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Lecce
23
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Everton
23
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Villarreal
23
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Sevilla
22
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Real Madrid
22
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Fiorentina - AC Milan
22
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Manchester City
22
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Spal - Juventus
22
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Eibar
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM 5NeCb7JxaRk u5xQKdNqazE 56CdjlzJqSA kw7uFRs-Az0 xNv0JZWLV7w j_x1lr04a6Q lrYGH-drP8s
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.