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TOPIC: More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities

More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities 19 Mar 2014 17:35 #1

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The International Trade Union Confederation says that if conditions don’t improve, at least 4,000 migrants will die before kick-off

In 2022, Qatar will host the World Cup. The host city has already made some waves with its stadium shaped like a certain body part. But what you might not know is that, so far, about 900 workers have died while working on building the infrastructure for the tournament.

Last month, the Guardian reported that over 400 Nepalese migrant workers had already died at building sites. Between 2010 and 2012 more than 700 workers from India lost their lives working on construction sites in Qatar, too. A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says that if conditions don’t get any better, by the time the World Cup kicks off, at least 4,000 migrant workers will have died on the job.

For comparison, 25 construction workers died during the preparations for Sochi. Only six workers have died during construction for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that starts this summer. Only eleven men died during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s. By all measures, the death count in Qatar is extreme.

Robert Booth at the Guardian explains why Qatar is so unusual:

Workers described forced labour in 50C (122F) heat, employers who retain salaries for several months and passports making it impossible for them to leave and being denied free drinking water. The investigation found sickness is endemic among workers living in overcrowded and insanitary conditions and hunger has been reported. Thirty Nepalese construction workers took refuge in the their country's embassy and subsequently left the country, after they claimed they received no pay.

According to the ITUC, there are already 1.2 million migrant workers in Qatar, and about a million more will probably pour into the country to help with construction. These are essentially slaves, Sharan Burrow from the ITUC told Booth. “Fifa needs to send a very 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 that is the reality for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers there today," she said.

When presented with the results of the Guardian investigation, a spokesman from Qatar told Booth: “The health, safety, wellbeing and dignity of every worker that contributes to staging the 2022 Fifa World Cup is of the utmost importance to our committee and we are committed to ensuring that the event serves as a catalyst toward creating sustainable improvements to the lives of all workers in Qatar.”

Even 900 deaths during construction is unusual, and Qatar is years away from finishing their work. Chances are more people will die, and, if the ITUC is right, it could be thousands.

www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-900-workers-have-already-died-building-qatars-world-cup-facilities-180950088/?no-ist
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More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities 19 Mar 2014 17:48 #2

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The decision to give Qatar the 2022 world cup went against all common sense. It was clearly chosen for corrupt reasons, and nothing we are hearing since then indicates anything else. Brazil is bad enough, but Qatar is inhospitable for top-level sporting activity.

900 deaths is already 900 too many for a football tournament that could be held almost anywhere else in the world without even needing to build the infrastructure. These "hosting" allocations are usually done with an ulterior agenda in mind, either politicial, sociological or financial.
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More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities 19 Mar 2014 18:03 #3

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World Cup 2022 investigation: demands to strip Qatar of World Cup

Senior MPs say Fifa should launch inquiry into payments by Qatari firm to former Fifa executive and consider stripping the Gulf state of the right to host the 2022 World Cup

Football's world governing body is facing calls to re-run the 2022 World Cup bid after an investigation by The Telegraph revealed that a former official and his family were paid almost $2 million from a firm linked to Qatar’s successful campaign.
Senior MPs have said that Fifa should launch an inquiry into the revelations and that the organisation should also consider stripping the Gulf state of the right to host the tournament.
Clive Efford, the Labour MP for Eltham and Plumstead and shadow sports minister, said, “Fifa should carry out a full investigation. It looks like there may have been serious corruption in the bid and it has to raise serious concerns about sending the World Cup to Qatar.
“If Fifa looks into all the information and finds that there is corruption, they should reopen the bidding process.”
John Whittingdale, the chairman of the parliamentary culture, media and sport committee, said that the payments “provide further evidence that casts doubt over the credibility of the entire process to select Qatar as the country to host the 2022 World Cup”.......

www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/10706977/World-Cup-2022-investigation-demands-to-strip-Qatar-of-2020-World-Cup.html
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More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities 20 Mar 2014 12:12 #4

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I think it came as a great surprise to many that Qatar was awarded the World Cup but it wouldn't be such a surprise to see it withdrawn now. As for workers' conditions, did anyone see the Panorama report about a year ago? Here's a short Amnesty International video -



And a full Inside Story report -

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More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities 20 Mar 2014 12:23 #5

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The Roman Caesars held control with Bread and Circuses. It never entred anybodies minds they had to care about people, Modern Caesars, control with fuel and football.
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More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities 20 Mar 2014 12:33 #6

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jonb wrote:
The Roman Caesars held control with Bread and Circuses. It never entred anybodies minds they had to care about people, Modern Caesars, control with fuel and football.

Yes, though it's a pity "civilisation" hasn't moved on.
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More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities 20 Mar 2014 12:37 #7

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It moves forward when Caesars loose control, and backward when they gain it.
That is the truth they seek to hide.
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More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities 21 Mar 2014 11:19 #8

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I don't understand how the people of Qatar would allow this.... :conf:
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More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities 21 Mar 2014 11:57 #9

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What say have they got? and you can bet those doing the dying are the cheep imported labour from Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.
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