Dutch union threat­ens FIFA with le­gal ac­tion over Qatar

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

A Dutch labour union is threat­en­ing FIFA with le­gal ac­tion if it does not step in to halt what the union has branded “mod­ern slav­ery” in the con­struc­tion of venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Dutch union FNV says it wants “FIFA to ac­cept its re­spon­si­bil­ity and end ex­ploita­tion of work­ers” in sta­dium con­struc­tion ahead of the tour­na­ment.

The gas-rich emi­rate is ex­pected to spend tens of bil­lions of dol­lars be­fore the Novem­ber-De­cem­ber 2022 tour­na­ment kicks off, pre­par­ing eight new and ren­o­vated sta­di­ums and re­lated projects such as trans­port links and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Qatar is re­ly­ing heav­ily on work­ers from south Asia who are tied to the “kafala” sys­tem of spon­sor­ship com­mon in Gulf na­tions, which crit­ics say ex­poses mi­grants to ex­ploita­tion.

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