The ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) has stepped up its campaign to secure “immediate and binding guarantees” on labour rights from the authorities in Qatar who were controversially awarded the FIFA World Cup Finals in 2022.
Without these, the ETUC says, using Qatar for the finals should be reconsidered. FIFA made some noises about the employment and human rights of workers building the venues following continuing pressure from unions worldwide. However FIFA’s autocratic and increasingly out of touch boss Sepp Blatter shrugged off calls for reconsideration with the statement: “Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Voilà.”