Posted February 12, 2014 by Vlogger-1 in Business

Qatar 2022: Plans to protect World Cup workers unveiled

Almost 200 Nepalese males are reported to have died final yr engaged on building tasks in Qatar.

The new 50-page doc has been developed together with the International Labour Organisation.

However the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says its proposals don’t go far sufficient.

Qatar had till 12 February to tell soccer’s world governing physique, Fifa, how it could reform working practices.

Fifa had been pushing the 2022 World Cup hosts for reform following criticism of the Gulf state’s situations for migrant employees.

As nicely as 185 deaths final yr, it’s believed a big variety of employees in Qatar suffered accidents because of unsafe working practices.

There have additionally been complaints about the usual of lodging many employees stay in.

Trade unions and human rights teams have additionally criticised Qatar’s ‘kefala’ employment system that ties migrant employees to their sponsor corporations and the exit visa necessities that stop employees from leaving with out the permission of employers.

The new doc, entitled ‘Workers’ Welfare Standards’, particulars the measures that Qatar’s World Cup Supreme Committee plan to enact when coping with contractors and subcontractors over key World Cup stadium and infrastructure tasks.

The supreme committee mentioned its ideas will likely be “robustly and effectively monitored and enforced for the benefit of all workers”.

Among its actions, the constitution will power employers to:

Install a phone hotline for employees to lift grievances and report issues
Grant employees a minimal of three weeks’ paid annual vacation primarily based on a 48-hour week that can’t exceed eight hours per day
Guarantee employees a relaxation day or compensate them; and create welfare officer posts in addition to a discussion board for grievances to be resolved.
However the ITUC, which claims as much as four,000 employees may die by 2022 if present legal guidelines and attitudes persist, has criticised the brand new constitution as “a sham” that won’t shield employees’ rights.

General secretary Sharan Burrow added: “These standards are built on an old, discredited self-monitoring system which has failed in the past in Bangladesh and other countries where thousands of workers have died.”

Last yr Qatar issued 10 guiding ideas that type the spine of the brand new 50-page constitution:

Health and Safety – foster and actively encourage a world-class well being and security tradition
Employment Standards – adjust to the Supreme Committee’s required employment requirements and all related Qatari legal guidelines
Equality – deal with all employees equally and pretty, regardless of their origin, nationality, ethnicity, gender or faith