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  Construction workers queue for buses back to their accommodation camp in Doha, Qatar. Photo Credit: EPA

Fifa faces legal challenge over Qatar migrant workers

Article in the Guardian by Owen Gibson
10 October, 2016

“Fifa is facing legal action in the Swiss courts over its alleged complicity in the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup, the Guardian can reveal.

Since Fifa voted in December 2010 to hold the World Cup in the tiny Gulf state,Qatar has faced intense criticism over the plight of an army of migrant workers that soared to 1.7 million as the country embarked on a construction spree to build the stadiums and infrastructure required.

But the legal challenge, brought by the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation (FNV) on behalf of a Bangladeshi migrant worker called Nadim Sharaful Alam, is the first time that Fifa has been made directly accountable in the Swiss courts.”

Labour unions could play a major role in enhancing the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers if only they decided to step up to the plate as strongly as they have in the past for their traditional members. Migrant workers are actually in the same exploited situation today as the industrial workers of the 19th century by whom and for whom labour unions were created in the first place. Migrant workers should be a natural membership for labour unions.

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