FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes a “strong commitment” to make sure labour reforms are totally applied is being proven by the federal government in Qatar, the place the World Cup shall be staged in November.
Infantino met with Qatar Minister of Labour, Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri in Doha, sooner or later after FIFA held discussions with Amnesty Worldwide relating to ongoing considerations over migrant employees within the Persian Gulf state.
“I am pleased to see the strong commitment from the Qatari authorities to ensure the reforms are fully implemented across the labour market, leaving a lasting legacy of the FIFA World Cup long after the event, and benefiting migrant workers in the host country in the long term,” Infantino mentioned.
“Challenges still remain — like in many other countries around the world — but the progress achieved in the recent past is undeniable, as is the commitment to bring about positive social change.”
Amnesty’s Qatar Actuality Examine 2021 report launched in November claimed that regardless of the authorized reforms launched within the nation, Qatar has “still not delivered on its promise to end labour abuses and exploitation of its more than two million migrant workers.”
Infantino admitted in January whereas addressing the Parliamentary Meeting of the Council of Europe (PACE) that “a lot needed to be done” in Qatar within the fields of labor laws, safety of employees and minimal wage.
Since 2017, the Qatar authorities has launched reforms geared toward enhancing situations for migrant employees.
“The State of Qatar has been a pioneer in modernising labour law and regulations regarding workers welfare,” the Qatar Labour minister mentioned. “Such reforms are based on a legal and legislative framework that will continue to be applied after the World Cup.”
A Employees’ Help and Insurance coverage Fund has been established whereas new legal guidelines have been launched so that almost all employees not want exit permits to depart the nation whereas they’ll additionally change employment freely with no need permission to take action from their earlier employer.
A non-discriminatory minimal wage was put in place which, in accordance with the not too long ago carried out Worldwide Commerce Union Confederation (ITUC) mission to Qatar, has led to elevated wages for 13% of the workforce (280,000 employees).
Nonetheless, Amnesty, who claimed the Qatar authorities has “failed to rigorously implement those changes,” handed FIFA on Monday a petition demanding “fair working conditions in Qatar and for the football community to respect human rights.”