Industry Noize: World Cup Construction Deadly
Almost all are migrant workers from places like Nepal and India.
The International Trade Union Confederation says that if working conditions don’t improve, at least 4,000 workers will have died on the job by the time the World Cup takes place.
The Guardian newspaper has reported workers laboring in 122-degree heat, employers denying them drinking water and withholding salaries while also retaining workers’ passports so that they can’t leave.
Illness is widespread because of overcrowded and unsanitary accommodations.
At one point, 30 Nepalese workers managed to escape to their country’s embassy before leaving Qatar.
A representative of ITUC told the Guardian, “FIFA needs to send a strong and clear message to Qatar that it will not allow the World Cup to be delivered on the back of a system of modern slavery.”
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