VINCI DENIES CLAIMS OF FORCED LABOUR
Paris-based human rights group Sherpa accused French construction giant Vinci of using forced labour in their projects in Qatar, an allegation that the company denies.
Sherpa filed a legal complaint against Vinci, which is behind several high-profile projects in Qatar as 49% owner of QDVC, for grave mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar, asking the French courts to investigate the company's practices. The NGO's lawyers reported that some of the workers they had spoken to in Qatar reported instances of 66-hour weeks and confiscation of passports, which is illegal in Qatar. The company, meanwhile, denied these allegations. “Vinci absolutely denies the claims made by Sherpa. The group respects local labour laws and fundamental rights in Qatar as well as in all the countries where it operates,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying. “In Qatar, each QDVC collaborator has free access to his passport, while work and rest times are strictly respected.” While the company invited human rights organisations and journalists to visit their sites and newly built labour accommodations, they have also launched a lawsuit against Sherpa for attacking its image.
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Executive Director, SHERPA