1.8 million migrant workers is in these Christmas days busy preparing the World Cup 22 in Qatar. According to the International Trade Union Confederation at least 7,000 of the workers will die before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup.
That shows the report “Qatar: Profit and Loss. Workers Paying with Lives as Companies Extract Billions in Profit”, released today.
The report also tells that the companies working in Qatar will make 15 billion US dollars in profit.
“Every CEO operating in Qatar is aware that their profits are driven by appallingly low wage levels – wages that are often based on a system of racial discrimination– and that these profits risk safety, resulting in indefensible workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths,” Sharan Burrow, general secretary at International Trade Union Confederation, says.
“Qatar refuses to make public the actual death toll of migrant workers or the real causes of death. The vast majority of the workers are working to deliver the huge World Cup infrastructure programme by the 2022 deadline. By analysing Qatar’s own statistics and health reports over the past three years, previous reports of 4,000 workers dying by 2022 are a woeful underestimate. The real fatality rate is over 1,000 per year, meaning that 7,000 workers will die by 2022,” Sharan Burrow explains.
Estimates for spending on infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup are as high as 220 billion US dollars, and involve major international construction companies profiled in the ITUC report from Australia, Europe and the USA including ACS (Spain), Bechtel (USA), Besix (Belgium), Bouygues (France), Carillion (UK), CCC (Greece), Ch2M Hill (USA), CIMIC (Australia), Hochtief (Germany), Porr (Austria) and QDVC (France).
“This crisis goes beyond the borders of Qatar, involving companies across the world who are profiting from the kafala labour system which enslaves workers. The Khalifa Stadium project, a showcase World Cup venue, pays workers 1.50 US dollars an hour,” Sharan Burrow says.
“It is estimated that more than 40 percent of the world’s top 250 international construction contractors are participating in projects in Qatar. Shareholders with investments in fourteen different stock exchanges are exposed to the profits using modern day slavery under the kafala system,” Sharan Burrow says.
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