Another example of imaginative online campaigning. In 2022, Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup, and the stadiums are being built right now, mostly by migrant labour. Trouble is, they’re not allowed to join unions, so they suffer dreadful safety problems, sub-poverty pay, and an utter lack of respect. But, *shrug*, what can we do about it?
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is working with unions in Qatar and around the world to protest about the way the Qatari regime is treating workers building the World Cup stadiums, and one way you can join in is by booking your seat for the World Cup just a little bit earlier than usual. It won’t even cost you any money!
Click on this link to go to the ITUC’s Equal Times website and ‘book’ a seat in a virtual World Cup stadium, the Al-Rayyan Stadium in Doha, which will have 21,282 seats when it’s finished. We want a campaigner to ‘occupy’ every one of those seats, to send a message to the Qatari authorities and commit to carry on campaigning until Qatar’s 1.2 million migrant workers have union rights.
94% of working people in Qatar are migrant workers, with no rights at work. Qatar plans to spend over $100 billion on stadiums and other World Cup projects. Thousands of extra workers will be needed for these huge building projects over the next ten years. More people will die building the World Cup infrastructure than will play in the World Cup (nearly 200 Nepali workers dieeach year in Qatar.)
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said
“Qatar still intends to build the 2022 World Cup on modern slavery of migrant workers. The government doesn’t seem to care about the slew of media reports on how workers are paying with their lives and livelihoods in the rush to build the stadiums with cheap and exploited labour. Even FIFA’s call on Qatar to respect labour standards has been ignored, so now we need people across the globe show Qatar that the world means business when we demand an end to slavery.”
Help us ‘fill’ the stadium now, and send a message to Qatar that there will be no World Cup in 2022 without workers’ rights.