Qatar World Cup stadium workers unpaid: Amnesty

first_imgSome received partial payments on June 7.”The problems faced by QMC workers were well-known to Qatar’s Ministry of Labor and the country’s World Cup organizing body for nearly a year, but compensation only began after Amnesty International shared the findings of its investigation with these bodies,” Amnesty wrote.It spoke to numerous workers from South East Asia and Africa employed by QMC who said they had also faced other abuses that included being charged banned recruitment fees.Those interviewed told researchers that all of the QMC workforce at the 60,000-capacity Al-Bayt venue were affected — around 100 workers. “Every day we are asking but they are telling us ‘we are having a shortage of money’. They tell us they are trying their best,” one of the unpaid workers told Amnesty.In a letter to Amnesty, the tournament’s Qatari organizers said they were made aware of the unpaid salaries in July 2019 after the issue was flagged in worker welfare interviews.”Since that time, we have been working to find a solution,” it wrote.QMC had been banned from 2022 projects and the financially distressed company was recently sold to new owners, the correspondence added.Qatari authorities have taken numerous steps to protect workers including the creation of an electronic Wage Protection System meant to detect unpaid salaries.However the effectiveness of the WPS has been mixed with numerous high profile cases of major contractors failing to pay.Workers went on strike — illegal under Qatari law — in August 2019 over unpaid wages at one now defunct contractor, while last month rare street protests erupted over outstanding salaries.In both cases officials stepped in quickly following the direct action and media attention, ensuring payments and taking legal action against the defaulters. While wealthy Qatar is one of the few countries forecast to run a budget surplus in 2020, coronavirus has hit many sectors of the economy.Energy production, hospitality and aviation have been particularly hard hit with major employers like Qatar Airways and Qatar Petroleum warning of major redundancies.  Migrant laborers at a stadium under construction for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar went unpaid for several months, rights group Amnesty revealed Thursday, raising questions about worker protection efforts.Around a hundred workers at the flagship Al-Bayt stadium have yet to be paid outstanding wages in full, the organization said following a months-long investigation.Workers at Qatar Meta Coats (QMC), sub-contracted to help build the distinctive tent-like ground 50 kilometers north of Doha, went unpaid for up to seven months according to Amnesty.center_img Topics :last_img read more

KP Boateng returns for Milan against Chievo

first_imgGhana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is back in the AC Milan squad to face Chievo Verona on Sunday afternoon.Boateng has been out of action for several weeks with a recurring groin problem and is an important boost for the Serie A leaders.His services are needed considering Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini, Marek Jankulovski and Gianluca Zambrotta are absent.Goalkeeper Abbiati returns for his first match since suffering concussion in Tuesday’s Champions League loss to Tottenham.Milan squad: Abbiati, Amelia, Paleari, Abate, Antonini, Nesta, Oddo, Papastathopoulos, Thiago Silva, Yepes, Boateng, Emanuelson, Flamini, Gattuso, Merkel, Seedorf, Van Bommel, Cassano, Ibrahimovic, Pato, Robinho.Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more