Fifa to monitor treatment of workers in Qatar
Dubai, July 31, 2014
Fifa, football's world governing body, has promised to closely monitor treatment of migrant workers building the 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar.
This assurance follows reports that labourers on the first stadium under construction have been earning less than $1 an hour and working up to 30 days a month, a report in The Guardian said.
Payslips of workers building the Al-Wakrah stadium showed they earned as little as £4.90 ($8.26) a day, the report said.
A Fifa spokesperson was quoted as saying it had "repeatedly urged the Qatari authorities to address any unacceptable conditions for migrant workers in the country" and that while Qatar's reforms of workers' welfare represent a significant step in the right direction it would monitoring implementation closely for "concrete actions in the months ahead".
Qatar's World Cup organising committee was quoted by the report as saying: "There are challenges with calculation of overtime pay and hours and we are working with the contractor to rectify any non-compliance."