Law No. 18 of 2020 abolished the need for workers to get their employer’s permission to change jobs while introducing a non-discriminatory minimum wage. FIFA meets with an Amnesty International delegation in Zurich to discuss the human rights and general situation of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The meeting offers Amnesty International the opportunity to petition FIFA to address the matter. This is followed by a discussion FIFA officials and its local partners in the Gulf state to address the significant progress made so far and the challenges that need to be addressed. “We very much welcome the ongoing collaboration with Amnesty International and are always open to transparent and constructive discussion and resolution of any concerns raised by our stakeholders,” said Joyce Cook, FIFA’s Chief Social Responsibility and Education Officer. According to FIFA, she previously helped improve working conditions for migrant workers in Qatar by setting robust standards by local World Cup organizers and introducing sweeping changes in legislation related to workers’ rights. The conference, which brings together Amnesty International and labor experts, will also provide an update on the reforms FIFA has previously implemented. You will also look at the ongoing efforts that are being made to complete the changes in the overall job market in Qatar.
Workers say they will be ‘exploited ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022’“We remain fully committed to ensuring the protection of workers involved in staging the World Cup and we are confident that the tournament will also serve as a catalyst for broader positive and lasting change across the host country” , Cook remarked. Following recent exchanges with FIFA and Amnesty International, the discussion will focus in particular on the issue of well-being for migrant workers in the service sector, particularly in the hospitality sector. Some of the efforts included the “development of an audit and inspection program for the hospitality industry, as well as due diligence measures for service companies deployed at FIFA competition venues,” FIFA reported. The dialogue between FIFA, Amnesty International and labor experts will pave the way for a detailed discussion of the initiatives that are part of FIFA’s initiative to engage with relevant organizations on human rights ahead of its November 2022 tournament.